Day Kimball Healthcare Encourages Patients to Speak Up

PUTNAM, CT – Day Kimball Healthcare will celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 7 – 13, 2010. This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk…Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare.” In the effort to encourage patients to initiate honest conversations with their physicians, Day Kimball is implementing several new educational tools and communication opportunities for patients and physicians to engage in.

“I am pleased to provide expanded opportunities for patient and physician communication within our organization,” said Sharon Sawyer, director of quality and risk management. “Clear and open communication between patients and their healthcare providers is a key component to safe, high quality care.”

Day Kimball’s quality department completed several initiatives to enhance educational and communicative opportunities for patients. Each patient will now receive a packet of information upon admission. This packet includes information on such things as medication safety, fall prevention, infection prevention tips and other useful information about Day Kimball Hospital as well as patients’ rights and responsibilities.

A second initiative to promote patient communication includes the installation of posters in patient rooms asking for feedback about the hospital stay with contact information for the quality department. Day Kimball values the opinions of patients and is interested in learning how to best deliver the healthiest and most satisfying experience possible.

To further engage the community in patient safety awareness, Sharon Sawyer, director of quality and risk management along with Dr. Douglas Waite, vice president of medical affairs and quality will appear on WINY radio station at 7:00 a.m. on March 8, 2010. There will also be many activities for Day Kimball employees throughout the awareness week.