St. Nicholas safety, recycling efforts praised

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care.

The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Our team-based efforts to advance patient safety through adopting proven practices from healthcare and other high-risk industries are recognized through this best- in-class achievement,”said Gail Ostrander, Chief Performance Improvement Officer for Hospital Sisters Health System - Eastern WI Division. “Patient safety continues to be a top priority for our organization.”

The scores represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an A grade.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, as well as HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan have been awarded the 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” award by Practice Greenhealth.

The “Greenhealth Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is recognized for recycling 36 percent of its total waste; HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center for recycling 35 percent of its total waste; and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital for recycling 29 percent of its total waste. On average, hospitals across the country recycle 15 percent of their total waste.

“It’s a wonderful honor for our hospitals to receive the ‘Greenhealth Partner for Change’ award,” said Dan Rocheleau, Campus and Sustainability Facilitator for HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. “This is an awesome reflection of the caring and dedicated work our colleagues do each day. Their effort to ensure not only patient care, but to care for the environment as well is humbling.”

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge.

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