Building and sustaining a systemwide culture of safety.

  title={Building and sustaining a systemwide culture of safety.},
  author={Gary R Yates and David L Bernd and Shannon M. Sayles and Carole A Stockmeier and Gene Burke and Gregory E Merti},
  journal={Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety},
  volume={31 12},
BACKGROUND In 2002, Sentara launched a systemwide initiative to significantly reduce events of harm to patients and employees. The initiative began at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Since then, the safety principles piloted there have been instituted throughout Sentara's integrated health care system of hospitals, nursing homes, and physician practices. ACCELERATING THE PACE OF IMPROVEMENT Implementation at each local site begins with a thorough assessment of its safety culture. Four core… CONTINUE READING