Naval Hospital Beaufort Recognized by CNO for Contributions to Navy Safety and Occupational Health

Story Number: NNS130411-02Release Date: 4/11/2013 8:52:00 AM
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By Regena Kowitz, Naval Hospital Beaufort Public Affairs

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Beaufort was named as the runner up for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Individual and Activity Awards for Excellence in Safety Ashore FY12 in the Medium Command Non-Industrial Category April 3.

The naval hospital was the only Navy Medicine command to be recognized.

"The CNO Award for Excellence in Safety Ashore recognizes commands that have provided outstanding support of safety and occupational health initiatives and have made significant achievements in those areas," said Capt. Joan Queen, Naval Hospital Beaufort's commanding officer. "To be recognized as a runner up, and to be the only medical facility to do so, really speaks volumes about the professionalism and diligence of not only the staff in our safety and occupational health departments, but of everyone who works at the hospital. Safety is truly a group effort and everyone does their part to ensure that Naval Hospital Beaufort is a safe and hazard-free environment for patients and employees alike."

Naval Hospital Beaufort was nominated for the award based on performance measures, best practices, and comprehensive safety reports that are submitted throughout the year. In addition to mishap rates significantly below NME, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), and Bureau of Labor and Statistics hospital averages, which led to the nomination for the CNO award, the hospital was also recognized by the Medical Inspector General in FY12 for having an outstanding safety program.

"We were honored to be selected as the BUMED nominee for the CNO Safety Award," said Susan Hollingsworth, Naval Hospital Beaufort's command safety manager. "Recognition as the runner up in our category competing with Navy activities world-wide is an exceptional accomplishment and validates what we already knew - we have leadership and staff who are committed to providing a safe environment in which to work and provide patient care."

Naval Hospital Beaufort was also recently awarded for having the best Safety Program in Navy Medicine East (NME), Fiscal Year 2012.

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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