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Barnabas Health Takes Part in Nationwide Effort to Raise Awareness of Patient Safety


Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2013

West Orange, NJ – In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, Barnabas Health has announced its participation in the 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, Patient Safety 7/365.
“Patient safety is a key portfolio of the Barnabas Health Quality Framework,” said Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Barnabas Health. “Preventing unintended harm resulting from care is our unwavering commitment to our patients.”

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources with hospital staff.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which NPSF created in 2002, will be recognized March 3-9, 2013. This year’s theme, Patient Safety 7/365,highlights the need for everyone to understand the importance of focusing on patient safety all year round. The 7 days of the campaign also serve as time to recognize the range of work being done to improve health care safety worldwide.

“Patient Safety 7/365reminds us that providing safe patient care requires a constant and valiant effort, 365 days a year. This week encourages a sustainable and conscientious collaboration between health care organizations, providers, and consumers, regardless of their current state of health. The week is intended to imprint an indelible statement that efforts toward patient safety must be collaborative and that we must never be satisfied with the status quo,” said Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president, National patient Safety Foundation.

NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates, and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can participate to be part of the solution.

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit

About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, annually caring for more than two million patients and delivering more than 18,000 babies. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a free- standing behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network and comprehensive homecare and hospice programs. Among nationally recognized services are burn treatment; adult and pediatric cardiac surgery; heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplant; neurology and neurosurgery; reproductive medicine and science; geriatrics; oncology; pediatrics; and women’s services. Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees, (second largest private employer in NJ); 4,600 physicians (one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in NJ); and 445 residents and interns. For more information, log on to the web site at For physician referral, call 888-724-7123.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Date: March 4, 2013

CONTACT: Dennis Wilson
Barnabas Health
(973) 322-4038

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