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ValleyCare Health System Participates in Nationwide Patient Safety Awareness

Hospital news | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA– In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers and the public, ValleyCare Health System has announced its participation in the 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Patient Safety 7/365.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which NPSF created in 2002, will be recognized March 3-9, 2013. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365, highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety all year round. The 7 days of the campaign also serve as time to recognize the range of work being done to improve health care safety worldwide.

“Patient safety and quality is ValleyCare’s highest commitment,” says Cindy Noonan, ValleyCare Chief Operating Officer. “Our participation in the 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign pays tribute to our staff and physicians who continuously focus on achieving excellence in improving patient safety and quality care.”

“This Patient Safety 7/365 campaign reminds us that providing safe patient care requires a constant and valiant effort, 365 days a year. This week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between health care organizations, providers and consumers, regardless of their current state of health.

The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo,” says Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, National patient Safety Foundation.

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 part of the solution.

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org.