All nominations are submitted through this on-line form
Next nomination deadline is May 31
Did you know that seeing a problem and speaking up about it before it does harm, or as some like to call a “good catch”, is a strong indicator of a positive organizational culture of safety?
The Washington Patient Safety Coalition (WPSC) Speak-Up! Award is a statewide recognition program to celebrate individuals and teams at Washington healthcare organizations who voice their concerns to keep patients and staff safe.
When someone or a team is nominated for this award they did the right thing for patients and staff and their actions serve as a model to others.
The WPSC Speak-Up! Award is open to individuals and teams from any Washington healthcare organization from hospitals to pharmacies.
If you are interested in how speaking up and awards like this can make a difference please read Adam Novak’s article “Improving safety through speaking up: An ethical and financial imperative.” in the Journal of Health Care Risk Management, Vol 39, No. 1.
We want to thank the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center PSO and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association for their support. This program is modeled after similar awards in Michigan, Virginia, and Minnesota.
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All nominations will be reviewed by WPSC staff and a committee of patient safety and quality improvement leaders and patient advocates. All nominations are deidentified before going to the committee.
The WPSC Speak-Up! Award is open to clinical and non-clinical staff. Nominees may be individuals or teams from any Washington healthcare organization, such as hospitals, pharmacies, long term care (e.g. skilled nursing facilities & assisted living facilities), clinics and physician offices to name some examples. This award is founded on the principle of transdisciplinary teamwork; everyone has the right to be concerned and everyone has the right to speak up.
Yes, you may nominate yourself, though we will require another contact at your facility to verify the authenticity of the event.
Not at this time. This award is focused on acknowledging the efforts of healthcare staff. However, the roles of patients, residents and families may be acknowledged and part of the narrative.
You can nominate the same individual or team multiple times, but it must be for a different event. If two nominations are submitted for the same event, we will reach out to the contacts listed in the nomination forms to work with each nominator.
There will be a limit of one award finalist per organization, per period. All organizations and staff are still encouraged to nominate as many individuals as they would like, though only one nominee will move into the finalist pool per period.
Yes, though we do encourage you to submit as much information as possible, we realize that certain information is sensitive.
Nominations are for events no older than 12 months.
We would like to share your Speak-Up! story in a de-identified manner if possible, but will always respect the wishes of you and your organization. None of the details of the event within your nomination form will be published unless otherwise approved by both you and your organization.