As our beautiful autumn weather appears to be taking a turn it is important to remember that Mother Nature’s winter tricks or treats are upon us. I ask that each of you take the time to prepare yourself for the upcoming winter months. Here are some helpful tips and reminders:
•Review the hospital’s Inclement Weather and Emergency Office Closing Procedure policies
•Familiarize yourself with your department’s downtime procedures
•Be sure team member phone numbers and communication plans are up to date
•Pack an emergency bag of extra clothing, toiletries, and other supplies in your vehicle
•Check emergency supplies in your department (i.e. batteries, flashlights, etc.)
•Watch the forecast; if threatening weather is predicted remember appointment schedules tocommunicate with patients
A prepared and functioning health care system is critical to our community in weather-related emergencies. In such times, as various towns and roadways may shut down, our hospital must be prepared to maintain access for patients that need our care. When we take the initiative to prepare ourselves and our families we are able to focus on caring for others.
Daniel P. Ireland, BSN, MBA, FACHE
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INFECTION PREVENTION AWARD
Congratulations to our Infection Prevention team for being awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Univera Healthcare for continued achievement as a quality leader in the Upstate New York Hospital Quality Initiative. UMMC met the NIM (Nosocomial Infection Marker) score requirements for quality leaders again in 2017.
This award is a special highlight as we celebrated Infection Prevention week October 15-11. An important reminder of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Thanks to everyone for your hard work and dedication to reduce hospital acquired infections.
We are quickly approaching our November 13th go live date for the new event reporting system SafeConnect. All Rochester Regional Health hospitals are transitioning to one system for the reporting of unsafe or potentially unsafe/dangerous events that can involve patients, visitors, staff, and volunteers. Event reporting allows us to identify warning signs to mitigate potential risks, to track issues, and identify trends across the system.
The last drop-in training session is scheduled for November 10, 7:30am – 3:30pm in the Medical Library at North Street. This training is open to anyone seeking assistance on how to use SafeConnect. Event submitters, event reviewers, and event owners are all welcome. No registration required.
EMPLOYEE GIVING CAMPAIGN
The employee giving campaign is well under way and we have been having some fun. Pie baking and pumpkin carving contest winners were announced, but the fun doesn’t stop there.
• Take a Hike Day, Friday, November 3 – enjoy some fresh air and take a hike to the North Street or Bank Street cafeteria and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win fabulous prizes.
We hope you can join us and more importantly that you consider a donation to support our hospitals Radiology/ICU renovation project, Lipson Cancer Institute, the future Palliative Care Unit and the Foundation’s general fund, which supports areas with the greatest need throughout the hospital. For a pledge form or questions, please contact the Foundation at 344.5300.