Join HSHS in celebrating Healthcare Risk Management Week June 19-23, 2017. This annual campaign from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, raises awareness about the critical role risk managers and safety professionals play in patient safety and patient care practices, quality assurance, safe work environments and liability. It also promotes solutions to help prevent some of the most common adverse events.
According to the website of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, “This year’s theme, Leading Innovation in Risk Management, celebrates the unique contribution that health care risk management professionals provide to hospitals and health systems across the country. These innovations are vital in the pursuit of advancing patient safety, reducing uncertainty and maximizing value.”
“We are extremely proud of how all of our colleagues work together every day to ensure that our number one priority is patient safety,” says Robert Whitman, Southern Illinois Division Director of Risk Management. “We recognize the important role each person plays in promoting safe and trusted care. As we celebrate this special week, we applaud everyone’s safety efforts. Thank you!”
The work of a healthcare risk manager includes:
Identifying risks that could lead to serious, preventable safety events and working toward preventing these events from happening
Playing an active role in a healthcare organization’s clinical, risk financing, regulatory and business issues
Working to protect the patient and the organization’s reputation
Healthcare risk managers are also the go-to professionals in a crisis. They communicate with patients’ families; interact with physicians and clinical staff; educate medical staff, board members and senior leadership; and help put processes in place to reduce the risk of adverse events.
Healthcare risk management is a proactive and responsive profession that works to deliver safe and trusted health care. The professionals overseeing Risk Management for the ministries in Southern Illinois include: Robert Whitman, Division Director; Alyssa Eiler, Holy Family; Mary Finley, St. Anthony’s Memorial; Carrie Erlinger and Jamie Wilke, St. Elizabeth’s; Bill Bertetto, St. Joseph’s Breese; and Melissa Cates, St. Joseph’s Highland.