Quality and Patient Safety Newsletter for Virginia Hospitals and Health Systems

January 2023

What’s in this Newsletter:

  • Member Spotlight-Virginians Speak Up for Safety
  • Register Now for the 2023 Virginia Patient Safety Summit
  • Sponsorship Opportunities to Support the 2023 Patient Safety Summit
  • Duke Well-being Webinar Series Continues in 2023
  • State of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in Virginia
  • VHHA Foundation Launches Health Equity Learning Collaborative 

Speak Up for Safety!

“Virginians Speak Up for Safety” Award Program Q3 2022

The VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence is honored to recognize Virginia hospital employees who speak up for safety! The statewide “Virginians Speak Up for Safety” award recognizes hospital staff and physicians in Virginia who identify potential harm events in their work environments and speak up when it is easy to say nothing and may be difficult to say something. For the most recent quarter, we received many great nominations representing tremendous efforts on behalf of patient and staff safety. Many thanks to the hospital systems that foster organizational cultures which enable staff to feel safe speaking up for safety. Third quarter 2022 nominations were submitted by Ballad HealthBon Secours Mercy Health, Carilion Clinic, Centra Health, Inova Health System, Mary Washington Healthcare, Sentara Healthcare, UVA Health, VHC Health, Valley Health, and VCU Health. 

3rd Quarter 2022 Award Recipients

Caleb Smith, RN

HCA Stone Springs Hospital Center 
Nominated by Maureen Robertson

Erin Nail RN, Alyssa Harbaugh RN, and  Sonja Sine RN
Winchester Medical Center-Valley Health
Nominated by Howard Green, MD

Register Now for the 2023 Virginia Patient Safety Summit 

Registration is open for the 2023 Virginia Patient Safety Summit, which will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s Summit is “Virginia Healthcare: Moving Forward Together.” The Summit will feature keynote remarks from leading national clinical leaders including Dr. Tejal Gandhi, Chief Safety and Transformation Officer with Press Ganey Associates, and Dr. Peter Pronovost, Chief Quality and Clinical Transformation Officer with University Hospitals in Cleveland. Summit registration is free for staff and providers associated with Virginia hospitals and health systems, members of the Virginia Patient Safety Summit partner organizations (the Medical Society of Virginia, the Virginia Nurses Association, and the Virginia Pharmacists Association), sponsoring organizations, and students. An event registration fee of $95 applies to individuals who are not affiliated with those organizations. Visit this LINK to register. Registrants may need to create an account or reset the password on existing accounts. Please contact Tia Gray at for assistance with registration. 

Support Sponsorships for the 2023 Patient Safety Summit

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 12th annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit presented by the VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence, which is scheduled as a virtual event on Feb. 23, 2023. Sponsoring the Summit is a good way to increase the visibility of your organization with Virginia’s health care community. Contact Isaac Rife at or Joyce Dayvault at  to inquire about sponsorships. The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the great work being done in Virginia’s hospitals and health systems to meet the health care needs of their communities. The Patient Safety Summit is also an

Duke Well-Being Webinar Series Continues in 2023

The VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence is excited to offer a continuation of the popular bite-sized well-being series to all Virginia hospital staff and providers. This complimentary series shares evidence-based, well-being essentials from Duke University’s Center for Healthcare Safety & Quality. If you are interested in more bite-sized well-being, we invite you to enroll in the monthly Duke well-being series: Click Here

Join the VDH and VHHA for a Webinar About the State of HAIs in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is facilitating a statewide conversation between the health department, hospitals, and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association about the state of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.
The webinar is scheduled for Feb 9, 2023 at noon. Use this link to register for the webinar.
In preparation for this meeting, VDH is requesting hospital infection preventionists (IPs) complete a short survey to describe their facility’s recent experience with CLABSI. Please refer to the January-February 2023 HAI high sign newsletter  to view HAI trend data for acute care hospitals from Virginia. If you are an IP for multiple facilities, please submit one survey per each facility.
CLABSI Hospital Survey ( survey link.
This survey will take less than 10 minutes if you are familiar with your hospital’s CLABSI data and should be completed in one sitting. Please complete only ONE survey per facility. Reach out to or if you have any questions.
The survey will close at 11:59 pm on Jan. 31, 2023.

VHHA Foundation Launches Health Equity Collaborative

For several years, the VHHA Foundation has led a grant-funded Upstream Learning Collaborative through which participants have been provided education and tools to build infrastructure to support health equity efforts focused on chronic disease prevention and management. Until now, this program has predominately focused on the outpatient environment. However, given the new Inpatient Quality Reporting (overview attached) and Joint Commission requirements, it is important to support members in successfully bringing these health equity principles to the inpatient environment. This February, the VHHA Foundation and the VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence will launch a new Health Equity Learning Collaborative in which participating teams can access technical assistance regarding data analytics, health equity initiatives, and screening for social drivers of health. This program is intentionally structured to serve as a roadmap for meeting the new IQR and Joint Commission requirements.  Meetings will be held virtually each month to include learning sessions and office hours. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact us to schedule a time to discuss how we can support your health equity efforts.

Thank you, Virginia hospitals!

VHHA’s Center for Healthcare Excellence Team works hard to keep you up to date with the latest statewide health care quality and safety initatives!

  • Abraham Segres, MHA, Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, 
  • Kristie Burnette, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, Director, Patient Safety and Quality,
  • Joyce Dayvault, RN, BBA, CPHQ, Director, Process Improvement,

Please don’t hesitate to contact members of the team, and send us any feedback or suggestions for topics to cover in future newsletters. Thank you!