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St. Joseph’s Wins 2012 MoreOB Patient Safety Award


SYRACUSE – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center today announced it has earned the MOREOB Patient Safety Award for demonstrated leadership and exceptional efforts in teamwork in the adoption of the MOREOB patient safety program. The award also recognizes the application of the High Reliability Principles within its birthing unit.

 

“’MOREOB’ follows the principles of High Reliability Organizations, including safety first, teamwork, rehearsal of emergencies, valuing communication and reviewing routine processes to reduce risks,” said James E. Brown, Jr., MD, FACOG, medical director for the women and children’s service line at St. Joseph’s and co-chair of the MOREOB program.

 

“Through the program, the hospital has fostered an environment where the healthcare team is learning and working together to share knowledge, skills and experiences to help build a patient safety culture,” added Christopher LaRussa, MD, FACOG, co-chair of the MOREOB program.

 

St. Joseph’s is committed to continuous improvement of its obstetrical patient safety and quality outcomes,” said Gael Gilbert, RN, MBA, MPH, women and children’s service line administrator for St. Joseph’s. “And we are dedicated to making the birthing unit a safe, efficient, collaborative, healthy practice environment for patients and staff.”

 

Gilbert added that much of the success of “MOREOB” is due to the fact that it has been a coordinated effort between multiple disciplines, including the Department of Obstetrics, nursing staff on Labor and Delivery/Birth Place and mother-baby units, intensive care nursery, emergency department and Hospital administration.

 

St. Joseph’s was the first in the country to implement and complete MOREOB, a highly successful Canadian program, to revolutionize its culture of safety within obstetrics. With the support of the American College of OB/GYN, as well as medical liability companies in New York State, St. Joseph’s implemented the program, which integrates evidence-based professional practice standards and guidelines with current and evolving patient safety concepts, principles and tools.

 

“The success St. Joseph’s has achieved with this program is due to the hospital’s leadership, commitment, dedication and active participation in the implementation and integration of MOREOB into the work environment,” said Dr. Ken Milne, president and CEO of Salus Global Corporation, which provides and maintains the program. “St. Joseph’s has raised the bar for safe patient care in its obstetrical program and in the process assisted in the goal of raising safety performance standards across the country.” 

 

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 14-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.

 

Salus Global Corporation delivers world-class safety and performance solutions that build team effectiveness for improved patient safety and, for all stakeholders in healthcare, a safer, more rewarding care environment. Salus also offers safety performance solution packages that address clinical and non-clinical services within a hospital through its 9+one program. 

 

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has earned the MOREOB Patient Safety Award for demonstrated leadership and exceptional efforts in teamwork in the adoption of the MOREOB patient safety program. Representatives from Salus Global were on hand Apr. 10 at the hospital to present the award. From left to right are Malcolm Eade, president/CEP, Salus Global; Sheri DeMeester, program consultant, Salus Global; Sue Lafaver, RN, manager of labor and delivery/Birth Place; Diane Gould, RN, clinical coordinator of labor and delivery/Birth Place, and James E. Brown, Jr., MD, FACOG, medical director for the women and children’s service line at St. Joseph’s and co-chair of the MOREOB program.