Virginia Mason Inspires New Patient Safety Measures for England’s National Health Service

March 25, 2014

British Minister will announce major plans March 26 at Seattle medical center

SEATTLE, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Virginia Mason’s commitment to safety and quality is helping to inspire new measures aimed at improving patient safety at hospitals throughout England.

The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will deliver a major public policy speech at Virginia Mason at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, during which he will announce new patient-safety initiatives for the National Health Service (NHS) of England. His proposals build upon lessons learned at Virginia Mason and its emphasis on continuous improvement.

“Patient safety is our No. 1 priority,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We’re honored that Mr. Hunt is advancing changes in England’s health system based in part on the value he sees in our commitment and dedication to always putting patients first.”

In England, the government is working to re-establish public confidence in the nation’s health system following catastrophic safety and quality failures that sparked an investigation and the 2013 Francis Inquiry Report.

Hunt is traveling to Virginia Mason to unveil his plans for England’s health system because of the importance Virginia Mason’s experience and success have had in shaping his recommendations. “You are now regarded as one of the safest hospitals in the world,” Hunt will say during his speech.

Accompanying Hunt to Virginia Mason will be the quality director for England’s Department of Health; the patient safety director for the National Health Service of England; and the Care Quality Commission’s chief hospital inspector.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason online: www.VirginiaMason.org

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