Elkhart General Hospital
Monday, March 04, 2013 - Elkhart General Hospital Participates in National Patient Safety Awareness Week
During the week of March 3, Elkhart General Hospital will participate with the Indiana Hospital Association and other Indiana hospitals to observe Patient Safety Awareness Week and honor a statewide commitment to collectively work together as a health care community to provide the safest care possible. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has joined this effort by proclaiming March 3-9, 2013, as Patient Safety Awareness Week in the state of Indiana.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year’s Patient Safety 7/365 theme highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety year-round.

“Patient Safety 7/365, aligns with our core value of patient-centered care, and reminds us that providing safe patient care requires constant and dedicated effort. Patient safety is an integral part of every aspect of care at Elkhart General Hospital. The safe, collaborative culture our leadership promotes has increased employee engagement in safe practices which leads to improved care quality and better patient outcomes. Elkhart General has taken on safety initiatives that are considered leading edge practices in the state and nationally. As a result of this commitment to patient safety Elkhart General earned the 2012 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for safety ratings in the top 5% of US hospitals,” said Mark Schmeltz, MD, Elkhart General Hospital Safety Committee Chairperson.

NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be a part of the solution. Elkhart General Hospital supports collaboration and has joined together with area hospitals to participate in a regional patient safety coalition, North Central Indiana Patient Safety Coalition (NCIPSC).

North Central Indiana Patient Safety Coalition is one of 11 regional patient safety coalitions in Indiana, led by the Indiana Hospital Association’s Indiana Patient Safety Center. The goal of these coalitions is to forge a bond between hospitals on patient safety, driven by evidence-based practices to markedly improve the quality of care. Hospitals participating in the regional patient safety coalitions operate under the key principle that “we do not compete on patient safety.” Every hospital in the state now has access to a regional coalition to promote leadership and front-line staff engagement in safety improvements.

“Patient safety and the quality of care in our hospitals remains a primary focus of the Indiana Hospital Association and our 11 regional patient safety coalitions that blanket the state,” said Betsy Lee, director, Indiana Patient Safety Center. “Indiana hospitals continue to reach patient safety milestones and find ways to improve the care their patients receive.” 


About Indiana Hospital Association
Indiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization that serves as the professional trade association for 164 Hoosier hospitals. These members are either independent or a member of one of the 23 systems in the state. Membership includes hospitals, multi-hospital systems and community mental health centers. The mission of the IHA is to provide leadership, representation and services in the common best interests of its members as they promote the improvement of community health status. IHA’s primary responsibility is to represent the interests of hospitals in matters of public policy. IHA also provides members with education, communications and data collection services.

About Elkhart General Hospital
Elkhart General Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in Elkhart, Indiana. The full-service, 325-bed main hospital is comprised of 330 physicians representing more than 30 medical specialties, and over 2,000 employees serving in nursing, technical, administrative, and support capacities. Elkhart General Hospital is a Beacon Health System Care Partner. The Elkhart General Hospital website is www.egh.org. The Beacon Health System website is www.beaconhealthsystem.org.

For more information contact:
Shelley Rody
Media and Events Coordinator
Elkhart General Hospital
Phone: 574-389-5656
Email: srody@egh.org
Website: www.egh.org