April 2006

Culture of Safety Surveys on Track for Completion

More than half of Catholic Health Initiatives’ market-based organizations have completed a Culture of Safety Survey, with the remainder on track to complete the survey by the end of June. The survey, from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, helps assess safety-related behaviors in a health care facility. “The survey is a good tool because it determines not how health care facility employees feel about safety, but what they actually do about it,” said Jeff Norton, director of clinical services for Catholic Health Initiatives. “The survey has become a standard for safety assessment in health care, and it takes just ten minutes to complete.” Each market-based organization has a cross-section of employees complete the survey. Results to date show some general areas of opportunity for safety enhancement. “The findings are in line with what other health care organizations and systems are discovering through the survey,” said Norton. “Already, we see Catholic Health Initiatives’ market-based organizations implementing changes to enhance safety, many with great success. We believe the sharing of these best practices can make our facilities even safer for our patients.” For more information on the Culture of Safety Survey, contact Jeff Norton at jeffnorton@catholichealth.net.