Patient Safety Awareness Week to Promote Conversations, Inspire Global Action

Posted on March 11, 2021

Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW), hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is being celebrated March 14 through 20 in 2021. This annual event aims to advance important discussions and inspire action globally to improve the safety of the healthcare system for patients and the workforce.

Since its inception in 2003 as a federally listed Patient Safety Organization (PSO), the MHA Keystone Center has provided hundreds of learning opportunities for its members to share evidence-based practices. It has collected, analyzed and aggregated adverse event data to transform it into sustained clinical improvements and an overall culture shift in Michigan hospitals.

In 2015, the MHA Keystone Center, with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, worked with Michigan hospitals on their high reliability journey. High reliability in healthcare signifies exceptional quality of care is consistently delivered for every patient, every time. Following the conclusion of the partnership in 2018, the MHA Keystone Center launched a Reliability Culture Implementation Guide.

Additionally, the MHA Keystone Center has engaged in multiple quality improvement efforts, including the 3.5 year Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (GLPP HIIN), which saved 3,350 lives and avoided 25,204 incidents of harm within hospitalized patients. Further, the GLPP HIIN increased person and family engagement practices and addressed health disparities.

PSAW presents an opportunity to focus on the organizational efforts to make care safer for patients and employees. Below are ways hospitals can celebrate PSAW:

  • Nominate an improvement team for the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award. The award focuses on four key issues – safety culture, quality improvement, transparency and health equity. 
  • Recognize an individual or team from an MHA Keystone Center PSO hospital that has demonstrated a commitment to preventing patient or staff harm by submitting a nomination for the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award.
  • Participate in the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative by submitting Occupational and Safety Health Administration data in KeyMetrics, the MHA Keystone Center’s data reporting platform.
  • Make a pledge to confront systemic racism and health inequities. Chief executive officers at MHA-member hospitals are encouraged to sign the MHA Pledge to Address Racism and Health Inequities, indicating a unified commitment to addressing disparities, dismantling institutional racism and achieving health equity.

Additional avenues to celebrate PSAW are noted on the IHI website. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.


  • Patient Safety Awareness Week to Promote Conversations, Inspire Global Action

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