An eye on the future — How to build a sustainable culture of patient safety

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With value-based care set to be a driving force in healthcare reimbursement for the foreseeable future, it's crucial for healthcare leaders to use the tools at their disposal to build a patient safety culture that can not only make an immediate impact, but is capable of growing and adapting alongside the emergent field of patient safety.

The importance of patient safety culture is not lost on healthcare leaders. According to a survey released by the American College of Healthcare Executives in January, hospital CEOs ranked patient quality and safety as their third highest concern, just behind governmental mandates and financial challenges, scoring above personnel shortages and six other categories.

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Healthcare leaders can take advantage of a number of resources to aid in establishing a safety culture. By deploying a combined strategy of data monitoring, staff engagement and prevention efforts, while keeping an on eye industry changes curving around the bend, healthcare executives can create a highly effective and deeply entrenched safety culture.

During an April 5 webinar, Paul Hiltz, a healthcare leader with more than 25 years of executive leadership experience and the former CEO of Springfield, Ohio-based Community Mercy Health Partners, and Kelly Curry, the former executive vice president and CFO for Health Management Associates, will lead a discussion on the key aspects of developing a patient safety culture. Topics of discussion will include the evolutions of today's patient safety culture, staff engagement, the financial impacts of hospital-acquired conditions, tools to reduce HACs and the future of patient safety.

To learn more and register for the webinar, click here.

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