Naval Hospital Beaufort Recognized for Best Safety Program in Navy Medicine East for FY12

Story Number: NNS130318-10Release Date: 3/18/2013 2:55:00 PM
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By Regena Kowitz, Naval Hospital Beaufort Public Affairs

BEAUFORT, S.C. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Beaufort was recognized Jan. 20 for having the best Safety Program in Navy Medicine East (NME), Fiscal Year 2012.

Factors that contributed to this achievement include mishap rates significantly below NME, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and Bureau of Labor and Statistics hospital averages, as well as being recognized by the Medical Inspector General for having an outstanding safety program.

"This achievement belongs to everyone who works at this hospital," said Capt. Joan Queen, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Beaufort. "I have outstanding personnel who work in our safety department and are diligent when it comes to ensuring that our staff and patients work and receive care in a safe environment. I am also fortunate that everyone who works here, from our housekeeping staff and maintenance crew to our hospital corpsmen and physicians, all do their part to comply with safety regulations, because building a culture of safety is truly a team effort."

Naval Hospital Beaufort was recommended for the NME accolade based on performance measures and best practices, which are submitted to the regional safety manager throughout the year. The hospital also submitted a comprehensive report, the Safety and Occupational Health Program Assessment (SOHPA), which assessed the overall quality of the safety program in the areas of leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety health and training.

"The staff in our Safety Department are very knowledgeable, dedicated, and passionate about their mission to provide a safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors," said Susan Hollingsworth, Naval Hospital Beaufort's command safety manager. "I have a dream team of safety professionals."

In addition to Hollingsworth, the command safety program consists of two safety specialists, Jim Wingquist and Jason Berry, and a safety technician, Terrance Suitt.

"This truly is a command award, not just for the safety department," said Hollingsworth. "We provide the program oversight and serve as technical advisors, but in the end, the success of the safety program is based on the actions of the staff. We are fortunate to have staff who consistently do the right thing and leadership who fully support our efforts."

Naval Hospital Beaufort was also one of two Bureau of Medicine and Surgery activities nominated for the Chief of Naval Operations Fiscal Year 2012 Award for Achievement in Safety Ashore. The awardees for this achievement have yet to be selected.

Open since 1949, Naval Hospital Beaufort provides general medical, surgical, and emergency services to all active duty personnel, as well as retired military and family members residing in the Beaufort area, a total population of approximately 29,000 beneficiaries.

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