Sentara RMH recently recognized five team members as 2014 Safety Champions for their dedication to strengthening the culture of patient safety at the hospital. A sixth team member also has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Victoria Morris Patient Safety Award.
The 2014 Safety Champions are, second from left, Martha Schneider, Troy Eppard, Debra Smith (recipient of the
Victoria Morris Patient Safety Award), Carrie Bynaker, Anne Snow and Grayson Sless (not pictured). Presenting the
awards at the March 5 ceremony were Rebecca Jessie, director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, far left,
and Dr. Dale Carroll, senior vice president of Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Medical Officer. This is the fourth year
that Sentara RMH Medical Center has honored Safety Champions.
The 2014 Safety Champions are:
- Carrie Bynaker, safety specialty coordinator, Operating Room
- Troy Eppard, RN, Inpatient Behavioral Health
- Martha Schneider, DNP, MSN, RN, director, CCU, PCU and 5 West
- Grayson Sless, Human Resources Development
- Anne Snow, RN, Cath Lab
“The recipients of this recognition shape the culture of safety at Sentara RMH on a daily basis by applying our safety tools and behaviors in their daily practice,” said Dale Carroll, MD, senior vice president of Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Medical Officer. “They hold others accountable for safe practices and ensure that we first ‘do no harm.’”
The annual RMH Safety Champion recognition, launched in 2011, emphasizes the Sentara RMH commitment to patient safety, noted Rebecca Jessie, director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Candidates were nominated by Sentara RMH staff and physicians for their outstanding contributions to patient safety.
The recipient of the inaugural Victoria Morris Patient Safety Award is Debra Smith, RN, perioperative coordinator, Perioperative Pre-/Post-Care.
Tori Morris was an RMH employee for 27 years, and served as Patient Safety Officer and Patient Safety Coordinator for five years before her untimely death last summer.
“Tori was dedicated to providing high quality, safe care to patients,” explained Jessie. “She helped analyze RMH safety events throughout 2009, which led to the development of our Patient Safety First tool box. She was instrumental in developing our safety training program, and she taught more than 200 hours of safety training in 2011 and 2012.”
Tori became ill at the end of 2012, and she passed away July 28, 2013. After her death, her husband, Ed, requested that donations in her memory be made to the RMH Foundation.
The donated funds helped to provide crystal awards that were presented to all of the 2014 Safety Champions. The funds also make possible the presentation of the inaugural Victoria Morris Patient Safety Award, which will provide recipient Debra Smith, R.N., with an opportunity to attend a national patient safety conference with all expenses paid.
In future years, Sentara RMH staff will have the opportunity to donate to this fund through the Employee Gifts Campaign.
Members of Sentara RMH’s Patient Safety Committee evaluated the entries, which were submitted by RMH staff, and selected the winners.
“All of us at RMH are passionate about keeping our patients safe by ensuring we first do no harm,” Jessie said. “Sentara RMH Safety Champions make this statement their personal mission and move our organization forward through exemplary teamwork.”