VHA Foundation and National Business Group on Health Recognize the Nation's Best Health Systems for Patient Safety Leadership
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As medical errors continue to exact large financial and human tolls across the country, leaders at the Henry Ford Health System (Detroit, MI) and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (Houston, TX) have created cultures of safety that start with the executive-suite and extend throughout their organizations. The two organizations were recognized today as the inaugural winners of the National Health System Patient Safety Leadership Award.
Established earlier this year, the National Health System Patient Safety Leadership Award is a collaborative effort between the VHA Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization focused on improving the health and health care of all Americans, and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), the nation's only non-profit organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative solutions to health care benefits issues.
"This award recognizes health systems where senior leaders are driving a culture that places the highest value on safety," said Linda DeWolf, president of the VHA Foundation. "The safety results these health systems are seeing clearly show that their approach to safety is saving lives."
"These health care systems have succeeded at creating a culture of safety, which is a fundamental ingredient for sustainable safety improvements," said Helen Darling, president of National Business Group on Health. "We hope this award encourages other health leaders to see the enormous impact they can make if they take an active role in patient safety."
The winning health systems were chosen out of applicants from across the nation by a panel of judges representing corporations, patient safety organizations, government and health care. Applicants were selected on criteria designed to highlight the leadership of health care systems in creating a culture of safety including: system-level commitment; board and senior leadership; system-wide alignment of patient safety resources and goals; improved patient outcomes and transparency in public reporting.
Highlights from the Winners' Patient Safety Programs
The Henry Ford Health System is a non-profit, seven-hospital network with 1,787 beds and 27 outpatient medical centers located throughout southeast Michigan.
The Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is a 3,365 bed, 11-hospital network located in Houston, Texas.
About the VHA Foundation
The VHA Foundation, located in Irving, Texas, is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by VHA Inc. to encourage leadership and innovation solutions that address health and health care issues. The Foundation seeks the input and participation of both member and non-member health care organizations in its efforts to improve health and health care. The VHA Foundation funds programs that focus on two important health themes: leadership in patient safety and disaster relief.
The National Health Systems Patient Safety Leadership Award builds on VHA Foundation's commitment to support health care leaders in paths towards safer, more transparent hospitals. Earlier this year, the Foundation launched the Health Care SafetyNetwork, a program that is providing nearly 140 hospital CEOs nationwide with an experienced-based educational and networking opportunity to advance their confidence, knowledge and skills in patient safety.
About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of over 300 mostly large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families.
Contacts: Danielle DeForge, (202) 210-5992, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Gentry, VHA Foundation, (972) 830-0798, email@example.com
|SOURCE VHA Foundation; National Business Group on Health|
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