Quality and Patient Safety Newsletter for Virginia Hospitals and Health Systems

October 2022

What’s in this Newsletter:

  • Member Spotlight-Virginians Speak Up for Safety Q2 2022
  • SAVE THE DATE: 2023 Patient Safety Summit
  • Workplace Violence Webinars in November and December 
  • Duke Well-being Webinar Series Returns

Speak Up for Safety!

“Virginians Speak Up for Safety” Award Program Q2 2022

The VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence is honored to recognize hospital employees who spoke up for safety! This statewide award honors 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. Many strong nominations representing tremendous efforts on behalf of patient and staff safety were received during the most recent quarterly nomination period. Many thanks to all the hospital systems that foster organizational cultures which enable staff to feel safe speaking up for safety. Second quarter 2022 nominations were submitted by Bon Secours Mercy Health Memorial Regional Medical Center, Carilion Clinic, Centra Health, Children’s Hospital of King’s Daughters, Inova Health System, HCA LewisGale Hospital – Pulaski, Mary Washington Healthcare, Sentara Healthcare, UVA Health,  UVA Children’s Hospital, and VHC Health.

Use the link below to submit your 4th quarter 2022 “Speak Up for Safety” Nominations.  Submission deadline is December 31, 2022.

2nd Quarter 2022 Award Recipients

Susan Moore, PT

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
Nominated by Karen Hicks

Patrycja Sciupider-Egan
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Nominated by Dr. Raymond McCue and Mary Harrison


 VHHA 12th Annual Patient Safety Summit 2023

The annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit is an opportunity to celebrate the great work being done in Virginia’s hospitals and health systems to meet the health care needs of communities. The Patient Safety Summit is also an opportunity to acknowledge the individuals, teams, and leaders who make Virginia a great place to be a healthcare provider and to receive care. The 2023 Summit will again be held as a virtual event on February 23, 2023. Additional details will be forthcoming.


Are you interested in submitting your project? Click this LINK to find out more information. 

Workplace Violence Webinars
November 7, 2022 and December 9, 2022

Workplace Violence Prevention, Response, and Recovery for Healthcare Executives: 
Monday, November 7 at 12:00 Noon

Healthcare executive leaders have a different level of responsibility in providing a safe workplace and preventing workplace violence. This awareness level 45-minute webinar is intended for any executive who may play a role in crisis and emergency management, safety and security, human resources, or legal functions. Issues related to OSHA’s General Duty Clause, case precedent, defensibility of decisions related to workplace violence potential, such as negligent hiring or retention, as well as ADA concerns, and liabilities related to wrongful termination, and discrimination will also be addressed. To join this informative webinar, please register in advance at this LINK.

Maturing Workplace Violence Prevention Programs
Friday, December 9, 2022 at Noon

This 90-minute virtual presentation is intended for leaders and decision-makers in the
hospital and healthcare industry concerned with the evolving risk of workplace violence,
and the safety and security of their workforce, patients, and guests. This webinar will address the current threat of violence in healthcare, current trends and drivers of violence, near-term concerns for changes in violence risk, introduction of the CASIM model, and approaches to program maturity in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Participants will also learn about developing an “Upstander” culture with partners in prevention, and action steps for program maturation. To join this informative webinar, please register in advance through this  LINK

Our guest presenter will be Steve Crimando, MA, CTM, the Founder and Principal of Behavioral Science Applications, LLC and the Director of Training for the firm’s Homeland Security Human Factors Institute. With more than 30 years of frontline field experience, Crimando is an internationally known clinician, consultant, and educator focused on the human element in security, emergency management, and business continuity.

Duke Well-being Webinar Series Returns for a Second Year

The VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence has entered into a second year of the monthly Well-Being Webinar Series with the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality. The second season series begins November 17, 2022. If you are interested in more free, bite-sized well-being information, you can enroll in the series at this LINK.

Year 2 Flyer
Duke Monthly Agenda

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!