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Children's National Named Recipient of DC Hospital Association's Patient Safety Award

October 01, 2014

Washington, DC –The Children’s National Power of One Safety team was honored last night at the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s (DCHA) 36th Annual Awards Banquet. 

The Power of One Safety team received the Patient Safety Award from DCHA for their work to ensure that all patients receive the highest safety and quality care in day-to-day activities. The award is given in recognition of programs that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to improving the culture of safety in an institution.

During the past year, the team increased its transparency of information and trainings not only with patients and families but also with fellow caregivers and senior leadership. Additionally, the team identified areas for improvement, such as in decreasing the amount of time in which test results were reported and plans were executed to address those needs. 

At Children’s National, Power of One is a training and support program that empowers employees to make a positive difference within the institution, with each other, and with patients and families. Within Power of One, the safety team members are champions of behaviors and protocols that decrease any potential for harm to others and increase and maintain the satisfaction for patients and families as well as for fellow teammates.

All 6,000 staff members at Children’s National are required to complete Power of One training to learn the power of one individual. More than 100 clinicians and non-clinicians serve as Power of One coaches. The coaches meet monthly for updates and resources to support their work and attend the annual retreat to discuss progress and receive encouragement from other coaches. 

The Power of One program has provided extensive training and resources to staff to ensure patients receive the best care in the safest environment.

Contact: Emily Hartman at 202-476-4500.


About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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