Hospital staff promotes patient safety
onned hospital gowns and pledged to promote patient safety during the 2016 Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19. Staff members, which included senior administrators, supervisors and department managers, joined nurses, clinical technicians, business office representatives, housekeeping, dietary and plant operations personnel in wearing gowns to commemorate the week long event.
Established by the National Patient Safety Foundation, www.npsf.org, the patient safety campaign highlights and reinforces that all of us within the health care system have a role to play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.
“We are all patients and the gown is a reminder of why we do what we do,” said Connie Ensley, director of quality at the hospital’s Peachtree facility. “Patient safety is our number-one concern, we’re proud of our track record and ongoing work to keep all patients free from harm.
It is the responsibility of everyone at Murphy Medical Center to ensure a safe environment for our employees, patients and visitors.”
One of the hospital’s safety initiatives is the “Ask Me 3” program, designed to bring public and physician attention to health literacy, by encouraging patients to ask three questions each time they talk to a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist:
• What is my main problem?
• What do I need to do?
• Why is it important for me to do this?
“The ‘Ask Me 3’ program is vital to help keep patients informed and safe,” Ensley added. “Providing our communities with high-quality, patient-centered care is more than just our motto, it’s our way of life.”
Murphy Medical Center is Cherokee County’s second-largest employer with its business units including Murphy Group Practice, Urgent Care Center, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Therapy Center, Peachtree Athletic and Rehabilitation Center, Nursing Home and Good Shepherd Home Health and Hospice.
For details, call the hospital at (828) 837-8161 or visit: www.murphymedical.org.