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Safety Icons at PPMC

Michele Volpe (right) and Lee Erickson, MD, Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer at PPMC (center), present team members from the SICU with the grand prize trophy for their project, “You Raise Me Up.”

A special thank you to all those involved in making this year’s National Patient Safety Week at PPMC a success! The 9th Annual Patient Safety Fair at PPMC was held March 4 and 5, in the Wright-Saunders Lobby and Medical Conference Room.

This year’s theme, “Culture of Safety,” focused on ways in which units and departments demonstrate ways to improve safety for faculty, staff, patients and guests. Our commitment to patient safety at PPMC was showcased in posters displayed and presented by units and departments from around the hospital. Participants introduced important safety topics linked to the new safety icons used with the recently implemented version of Safety Net.

On Thursday, March 6, four deserving participants were awarded for their projects and presentations. Winners of the grand prize, a team from the SICU, presented on mechanical ceiling lifts.

After realizing that nurses were lifting too much weight and some patients struggled with getting out of bed, the SICU team worked to increase the number of mechanical lifts in their unit from two to 16 (one for each room in the SICU).

The lifts contribute to the culture of safety by decreasing the risk of pressure ulcers, helping patients to get moving after surgeries, and safely transferring patients from beds to stretchers or chairs. The lifts are also safer for patients who require physical therapy by helping to prevent falls.

As the winners of this year’s Patient Safety Fair, two members of the SICU team will be heading to San Diego this June to attend RL Palooza 2014, the annual users meeting for the Penn Medicine Safety Net.

Congratulations to all our participants!

Click here for a slideshow of photos from the safety fair and awards ceremony.

UPHS Annual Open Enrollment

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Penn Medicine at the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival

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Last year, volunteers from PPMC attended the Clark Park Science Day to teach local residents the importance of CRP training with hands-on instruction. Penn Medicine will again play a starring role in the 4th annual Philadelphia Science...Full story

November Presby Stars

Congratulations to Presby STAR winners for November 2013, who each received $100 and a certificate recognizing their Presby STAR efforts. Rhanel Gumiit – 5 East Sandra Glasco – Psych Unit Mary Kemper – Social Services Daniele Bendig – 4...Full story

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Patients, families, caregivers and members of the public are invited to stop by Penn Medicine’s booths at the Brain Health Fair on April 26 at the Philadelphia Convention Center, hosted by the American Brain Foundation as part of the 2014 A...Full story

Donate Life and Help PPMC Save Lives

More than 121,000 people in the United States are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and time is running out. Today, 18 of them will die because not enough organs are available for transplantation. Hundreds of thousands of others wh...Full story

Harvey L. Waxman, MD, Appointed As Director Of Heart & Vascular Physician Network

Please join us in congratulating Harvey L. Waxman, MD, on his appointment as director of the Heart Vascular Physician Network. In this role, Dr. Waxman will work with Entity Executive Directors, Departments and Heart Vascular Service Line ...Full story

Serving Up a Taste of Culture with Food and a Film

PPMC’s Cultural Diversity Committee is once again thrilled to host an International Food Tasting featuring a special screening of the film 12 Years a Slave. The event will take place on Thursday, April 17 from 11:30am– 3:30pm in the Kozart ...Full story

Major Religious Holidays in April

Several key holidays in the Christian and Jewish traditions will occur in April. These events can add deep meaning to patients experiencing illness and become great sources for hope and solace during health crises. However, they can also ca...Full story

October Presby Stars

Congratulations to Presby STAR winners for October 2013, who each received $100 and a certifi cate recognizing their Presby STAR efforts. Russell Brown – Distribution Andrea Bailey-Carr – 5 East Lauren Holmes – PACU Donald Moyer – 4 Eas...Full story

Penn Medicine Facts and Figures 2014

The annual edition of Penn Medicine Facts and Figures, featuring stats about our organization and research, education, and patient care highlights from the past year is now available at story

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