Hamilton puts focus on safety

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

 From left are Mike Allen, Terri Brown, Nichole Shoemaker, Dixcee Millsap, Terri Holden, Perri Correll, Jennie Banks, Stan Casteel, Mary Kendrick, Jimmy Smith, Melinda Edgeman, Birdena Seal and Sandy McKenzie.

Pictured are some Hamilton Health Care System associates involved in the recent safety initiative. From left are Mike Allen, Terri Brown, Nichole Shoemaker, Dixcee Millsap, Terri Holden, Perri Correll, Jennie Banks, Stan Casteel, Mary Kendrick, Jimmy Smith, Melinda Edgeman, Birdena Seal and Sandy McKenzie.

DALTON, Ga.  – Hamilton Health Care System recently completed a 90-day program focused on keeping patients, guests and associates safe. 

The program was designed to encourage an ongoing culture of safety, where associates are empowered to make changes quickly when necessary. 

At the summation, a total of 212 plans had been submitted, and 80 percent had been completed. 

Non-clinical departments were also included in the exercise. One plan, presented by the Environmental Services Department, involved limiting stacked items on delivery carts so that the associate’s view would not be blocked.  

Another plan, called Fresh Eyes, involved the Facilities Department. Once a quarter, Facilities staff members will take turns pushing each other through the patient care areas in wheelchairs and stretchers, so they can observe what patients see, hear and feel as they are being transported. This will give staff members a chance to look at possible issues from a different perspective.