Washington Health System Receives Safety Across the Board Excellence Award

Washington Health System Receives “Safety Across the Board” Excellence Award

Washington, PA.  Washington Health System has been recognized by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for exceptional performance and participation as part of its Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN).

HAP’s PA-HEN created the “Safety Across the Board” Excellence Award to recognize participating hospitals’ achievement of exceptional performance and participation in the PA-HEN and with the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program goals of reducing preventable harm and readmissions. To qualify for the award, a hospital must meet both performance and participation criteria for acute care hospitals.

“Pennsylvania hospitals are to be commended for the accomplishments achieved to date,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “The PA-HEN’s teamwork, effective leadership practices, accountability, and patient-centered care principles have assisted Pennsylvania hospitals with moving closer toward the vision of a healthy Pennsylvania through improved patient safety and quality of care.”

Over the past two years, WHS has participated in the Pennsylvania HEN (Hospital Engagement Network).  By working with the HEN and other hospitals across the state, WHS was able to implement several best practices based upon evidence-based medicine that lessen the potential for harm to patients.   WHS data was regularly reported to the HEN, and at the conclusion of the two year project, WHS was one of only 26 hospitals across the state to receive the “Safety Across the Board” Award.  This award was based on the prevention of Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections, Surgical Site Infections, Pressure Ulcers, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism; and Early Elective Delivery of Newborns.

“Engaging with patient safety staff in other hospitals and at the Hospital & Healthcare Association of PA has allowed us to learn from each other and share our experiences.  Although hospitals are different in many ways, they are alike in others- especially in their strong commitment to avoid preventable harm to their patients,” said Colleen C. Allison, Vice President for Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Washington Health System. 

Washington Health System President and CEO Gary B. Weinstein lauded the efforts of the entire team at the hospital.  “Preventing infections and promoting safe medical practices isn’t the job of just our quality department or infection control department, although they contribute.  It takes the entire team--environmental services, nursing, information systems, pharmacy, physicians and certainly each patient and family member, among others. Job #1 in Washington Health System is continuous improvement of quality and patient safety.  We appreciate HAP’s recognition of our team’s success to date.”

For additional information regarding HAP PA-HEN’s patient safety efforts, contact PA-HEN director, Lynda Martin or visit the HAP website.





About Washington Health System:

Employing more than 2,000 highly trained medical professionals, Washington Health System provides health care services at more than 40 off-site locations throughout three counties. In addition, Washington Health System has diagnostic centers, outpatient care facilities, the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, Greenbriar Treatment Center and hospice care, all seamlessly working together to provide excellent patient-and-family-centered care.






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