Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 4, 2005

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI) will mark National Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 6 through 12) with activities designed to educate the public about becoming more effective partners in their own health care. The event is part of a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level. A number of activities are scheduled for the week.
RCHI staffers, including RCHI Director Dr. Josie Williams, Dr. Ralitsa Akins, Kathy Mechler, R.N., and Kim Clay, will lead presentations and question-and-answer sessions on patient safety and health literacy at several locations. The schedule for sessions is as follows:
Monday, March 7, 12 noon – 1 p.m.: Health Literacy presentation at A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine’s Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building, Texas A&M University West Campus (CME credit will be available for health care professionals attending this event)
Tuesday, March 8, 9 a.m. – 12 noon: Information booth manned by RCHI and St. Joseph Hospital staff, in the foyer of St. Joseph Hospital, 2801 Franciscan Drive, Bryan
Wednesday, March 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Information table at St Joseph Regional Rehabilitation Center foyer, 1600 Joseph Drive, Bryan
Thursday, March 10, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Information booth manned by RCHI staff at the Brazos Valley Family Practice Residency, 3201 Memorial Drive, Bryan
Friday, March 11, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.: Health Literacy presentation at St. Joseph’s Education Center, 2801 Franciscan Drive, Bryan (CME credit will be available for health care professionals attending this event)
Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Health Literacy presentation at the Brazos Valley Family Practice Residency, 3201 Memorial Drive, Bryan (CME credit will be available for health care professionals attending this event)
Dr. Akins will make appearances on local news programs on KBTX-TV (Channel 3) at 6 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, March 8, to promote these events and discuss the topic of patient safety.
In advance of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, RCHI has distributed promotional items and informational booklets and other materials to approximately 45 hospitals in all parts of Texas that are presently participating in RCHI patient safety and peer review programs and assistance contracts. Dr. Williams notes: “We want patients to listen and learn all they can about their illnesses, ways to prevent them and ways to improve their care. We want health care professionals to ask their patients about their illnesses and also to listen to them, to know whether the suggested treatment works for them, and why it does or does not. It is good medicine, and safer health care for both the patient and the professional when both are involved in the patient’s health care.”

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