During the week of March 2-8 2014, HCA will join in the national observance of Patient Safety Awareness Week, underscoring our fundamental commitment to working together with patients to provide the safest care possible. As a longtime partner of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), our goal for Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 is to increase awareness of HCA’s Patient Safety programs, demonstrate our support of the NPSF, and develop additional and lasting partnerships among our staff, patients and the communities we serve.

This year’s theme, “Navigate Your Health…Safely” highlights the national need to ensure that patients and their families are actively engaged in the healthcare process, whether visiting the doctor for a routine exam, entering the hospital for surgery, or returning home after treatment or discharge.

Patient Safety is first and foundational for HCA. “Zero avoidable harm, sustained forever” is our goal. We are committed to being a learning health system, one that not only discovers new medical knowledge, but uses that knowledge to improve the lives of our patients.

Safety for families and staff is also fundamental for HCA and includes everything from the security of parking garages and avoidance of needle-sticks and other exposures, to the establishment and maintenance of a culture of safety.

I am proud of the work we do every day to make HCA one of America’s leading healthcare providers. Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 is another public acknowledgement of our unceasing commitment to safe, effective, efficient care for our patients.

The National Patient Safety Foundation has many different resources for healthcare professionals and patients. Click here to visit their site for additional materials.