LONGMEADOW Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) was recently recognized with the 2009 Leadership in Safety Award by CNA HealthPro, one of the healthcare industry's leading insurers, providing products and services designed to cover the broad spectrum of risks faced by healthcare organizations and professionals. CNA is an international company which represents 3,600 healthcare facilities.
This award is designed to honor an organization with a commitment to patient/resident safety and to a leadership team who consistently demonstrates efforts to improve the quality and safety of patient/resident care services. It was presented by Bruce W. Dmytrow, vice president of CNA Global Specialty Lines to JGS Leadership, and JGS Senior Staff. Representatives of FieldEddy Insurance Company, partners in this effort, also attended.
Dmytrow cited his five years of work with JGS and commended his colleague, Mary Ryan, Risk Control Consultant, CNA HealthPro, for nominating JGS for this honor. Dmytrow remarked, "The leadership team continues to demonstrate the importance of change and innovation in order to develop new models of care and service coordination in order to meet its community needs. As a provider of services, you understand one of the most important concepts in the aging services industry and live by it each day making decisions around perceived value and recognizing that your consumer is the family unit seniors and those who care about them. This consumer-defined quality continues to differentiate JGS in a challenging market."
Alan Rosenfeld, JGS president and CEO, noted, "Safety is the foundation for everything. If you're not safe, the fact that you're giving good care or have a beautiful space doesn't mean anything. It is possible in a long term care environment for safety to come at the expense of quality of life, reduced resident/client choice and an atmosphere that values the management of risk over other aspects of life and care. At JGS we value quality of life and care first, and make every effort to create an atmosphere and culture of safety that is compatible with those values. That critical balance is what was recognized by CNA."
Linda Donoghue, JGS COO/CNO added that in addition to patient safety, staff safety is also important at JGS and everyone is continually trained on best safety practices, and recognized all those on the JGS campus who work to create this environment.
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