Naval Health Clinic New England Observes Patient Safety Awareness Week

Story Number: NNS170320-06Release Date: 3/20/2017 9:43:00 AM
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By Kathy MacKnight, Naval Health Clinic New England Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The week of March 12-18 has been a week of daily events in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week at Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE).

A patient safety challenge room was set up for staff members to test their "safety" knowledge, several departments held guided tours with an emphasis on how they ensure patient safety, there was a poster contest highlighting safety initiatives at the command, a cake cutting, and group photo emphasizing "We Are All Patients" with staff donning surgical gowns.

Capt. Phillip Sanchez, NHCNE commanding officer, thanked the staff members for their participation and attendance in this year's event, an annual tradition since 2002.

"Patient Safety Awareness Week does not honor a specific area of the health care workforce, and it does not target a single issue," said Sanchez. "Instead, this week challenges all health professionals and workers to put the focus on patients and families, and on the need to create the safest health care delivery environment possible."

Sanchez recognized the accomplishments of individuals and teams to patient safety with certificates, NHCNE pins, and a first prize of "Lunch with the CO" was awarded for the winner of the poster contest.

One of the highlights of the weeklong celebration was a "Gown Up" by NHCNE staff members who posed for a group photo with the banner "We Are All Patients."

Even the healthiest of humans is likely to be a patient one day, meaning the entire population has a stake in the safety of the health care system and the need to prevent harm.

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