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PATIENT SAFETY COALITION

WPSC Speak-UP! award to recognize healthcare staff who make the “good catches” and speak up to keep patients and staff safe.

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition has launched the WPSC Speak-Up! Award. It is a statewide recognition program that acknowledges the efforts of individuals and teams at Washington healthcare organizations who demonstrate a commitment to keeping patients and staff safe by speaking up and voicing their concerns to promote health care safety.

Awards are given twice a year, award dates are located on the award landing page here on this website. It is open to individuals and teams from all Washington healthcare organizations.

Making a “good catch” and speaking up is a strong indicator of a positive organizational culture of safety that prevents harm. A similar award program run by the MHA Keystone Center in Michigan demonstrated there was an improvement in culture survey results across a 2-year period coinciding with the launch and sustainment of their award program. Results from a cost-savings analysis applied to the Michigan award program suggest that each instance of speaking up by staff saves patients, families, and health care organizations an average of more than $13,000. (Novak A. Improving safety through speaking up: An ethical and financial imperative. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2019 Jul;39(1):19-27.)

The Washington State Patient Safety Coalition unites a diverse range of healthcare stakeholders to achieve one goal: safe care for every patient, every time, everywhere. 

Improving safety and decreasing errors requires the active participation of a wide range of committed individuals and organizations. WPSC is member-based program made up of 40+ organizations representing healthcare systems, associations, and advocacy groups across the state of Washington.

We greatly value the involvement of our members, who diversify the conversation with their unique perspectives and experiences. We share information in a safe, neutral setting that allows you to comfortably learn, connect, and collaborate with a community of peers.

Patient Safety Initiatives

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CONFERENCE

Curated annually by the WPSC, the Northwest Patient Safety Conference is the only event of its kind in the Western US, uniting healthcare professionals, providers, patients, families, and caregivers from all care settings for a day of networking and engaging in sessions with industry thought leaders and others invested in improving the patient experience.

Blog

The blog serves to highlight patient safety news, stories, and initiatives aimed at upholding our mission: safe care for every patient, every time, everywhere.

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Webinars

Our monthly webinars coincide with our quarterly curriculums and serve to share best practices and lessons learned for patient safety topics relevant to our members.

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Newsletter

With articles, interviews, podcasts, videos, reports, press releases, event invites, and job listings, the Friday 5 newsletter is an easy way to stay current on the local and national goings-on in the ever-changing healthcare industry.

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Conference 

Our annual conference unites healthcare professionals, providers, patients, families, and caregivers for a day of networking and engaging in sessions with industry thought leaders and others invested in improving the patient experience.

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