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Memorial Health System Joins National Effort To Promote Patient Safety

Thursday, September 2, 2004   (0 Comments)
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Sep 02, 2004 - (McLean, VA) – Memorial Health System (MHS) has joined the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in its efforts to improve patient safety. Through its participation in the Foundation’s ‘Stand Up for Patient Safety’ program, MHS comes together with leading hospitals and health systems nationwide that are committed to developing hospital-driven, patient-focused safety agendas.

“Our involvement with ‘Stand Up for Patient Safety’ represents another important step on our journey to ensure that patient safety, clinical effectiveness and quality-of-care is always at the forefront of what we do,” said Jim Bente, MHS vice president of quality and organizational development. “There will be much for us to learn from others … strengthening our ability to create great patient experiences for all those who come to us for care.”

The NPSF is dedicated to working with the healthcare industry to find affordable ways through research and education to reduce medical errors and to improve the quality of the nation’s healthcare. ‘Stand Up for Patient Safety’ provides participating hospitals and health care organizations with educational tools and programs, conferences on safety topics, forums for sharing best practices, and materials for internal and external communication.

“I am extremely pleased to see Memorial Health System’s commitment to patient safety,” said Tim Flaherty, MD, chair of NPSF’s board of directors. “In joining in our national movement to improve patient safety, our partnership will lead to better patient care on the local level.”

The “Stand Up for Patient Safety” campaign was launched in 2002, offering hospitals a meaningful way to participate in the national patient safety movement. Supported by the resources and expertise of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the program provides educational tools, conferences on safety topics, forums for sharing best practices and materials for internal and external communication.

For up-to-date information on the patient safety movement,visit www.npsf.org.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors by funding research and raising awareness with hospitals, healthcare systems, doctors, and nurses and the patients and families they serve. Having worked for seven years to make patient safety a national priority, the NPSF is working with the healthcare industry to find affordable ways through research and education to reduce medical errors and to improve the quality of the nation’s healthcare. The NPSF was founded in 1996 and incorporated in 1997 by the American Medical Association, CNA HealthPro, and 3M, with significant support from the Schering-Plough Corporation. For more information, visit www.npsf.org.

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