Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 12, 2013

HRH unveils new safety huddles


— Last week, hospitals throughout the United States spent time recognizing Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Hendricks Regional Health did more than simply acknowledge the week, the organization implemented a new method that will take its safety efforts even further.

Kevin Speer, president and CEO, started Monday morning by introducing the use of a safety huddle, which is meant to help the entire staff concentrate on providing safe care every day.

“The huddles serve as a way to bring together staff members from all over the organization in a blameless environment that promotes transparency,” Speer said. “This team approach gives us a chance to concentrate on error prevention, patient safety, and the patient experience. We also take time to celebrate accomplishments and significant improvements that we have made for our patients.”

The idea of using a safety huddle has its roots in the concept of High Reliability Organizations (HROs). HROs are organizations that operate in complex and hazardous conditions and yet consistently achieve nearly error-free performance. Creating a culture and processes that radically reduce system failures and effectively respond when failures do occur is the goal of high reliability thinking.

Safety huddles at Hendricks Regional Health will cover noteworthy events from the previous 24 hours, along with anticipated activities for the upcoming day. The huddles are meant to support, promote, and enhance the hospital’s safety programs.

“My hope is that our safety huddles will help focus organization-wide efforts and ensure that we are all working toward the common goal of providing the safest possible environment for our patients and visitors,” Speer said.

Hendricks Regional Health has served the area since 1962.

Licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, HRH staffs a full complement of physicians in a variety of specialties at locations in Danville, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Lizton, and Bainbridge.

For more information, call 745-3627 or visit the website at www.hendricks.org.