Management Award Winner Announced at Annual Patient Safety Congress
Thursday, May 3, 2007
National Patient Safety Foundation presents second annual Management Award to The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at annual Congress May 2-4, 2007 in Washington, D.C.
May 3, 2007 – The second annual NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award was presented at the NPSF 2007 Congress. The Management Award is given to a Stand Up for Patient Safety member organization that has successfully implemented an outstanding patient safety initiative led by or created by mid-level management. The award recognizes an initiative that has involved staff at all levels of the organization and that has resulted in demonstrated improvement in patient safety, and measurable, positive changes in care provided at the facility.
The Stand Up for Patient Safety program provides timely and important information on patient safety implementation strategies, along with practical tools to facilitate the incorporation of patient safety into the hospital culture and enhance existing safety and quality programs.
NPSF was pleased to present the second annual Management Award to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for their initiative, “The Good Catch Program.” Through this initiative, the organization developed a standardized approach to increase the use of its near miss reporting system, known as the University of Texas Close Call Reporting System (UTCCRS). Developed by nurse managers, the program was designed to enhance the development of a just and fair culture at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The initiative focused on engaging the entire care provider team in patient safety, while pursuing the goals of:
- Establishing a culture of safety
- Collecting data, prioritizing opportunities for improvement, and implementing improvement interventions
- Increasing front-line awareness by recognizing and rewarding individuals who report “good catches”
Particularly worthy of note is that M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focused on making an actual change in staff and practitioners’ behavior. This was accomplished by ongoing monitoring through the project, providing feedback to staff and increasing communication among numerous staff members at different levels of their organization. The implementation of a no-blame reporting system, involving all members of the care team in a fun-based competition, brought far-reaching results.
JoAnn Mick, PhD, RN, MBA, AOCN, CNAA, BC, Associate Director of Nursing Research and Debora Simmons, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Associate Director for the Institute for Healthcare Excellence at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center accepted the award on behalf of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the Board and Faculty Reception on May 3, 2007. Presenters included Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, President of NPSF and David R. Page, MHA, member of NPSF’s Board of Directors and Chair of the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety program.