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March 13-17 is Patient Safety Awareness Week. This annual week-long event is intended to encourage healthcare organizations, care team members, patients and families to learn more about patient safety through education, dialogue, reflection and recognition.

Patient safety at UW Medicine

A note from the co-chairs of the UW Medicine Patient Safety & Quality Coordination Committee: Christopher Kim, MD, MBA, SFHM, associate medical director, Quality & Clinical Efficiency, UW Medical Center – Montlake, and Nick Meo, MD, associate medical director, for Quality and Patient Safety, Harborview Medical Center. 

“At UW Medicine, all of us work together to provide the best care for our patients. During this week we encourage all staff to take time to reflect on the importance of patient safety and to consider how we all can contribute to improving it.

“Throughout the week, there are many events planned and led by our patient safety teams. As a member of the UW Medicine community, you have the opportunity to learn more about safety through these events. Let’s all work together to build on our culture where patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do.”


UW Medical Center

  • SAFETY HEROES awards ceremony recognizing staff members and providers who have gone above and beyond to promote patient safety in our organization. Join the event on Monday, March 13, 12:30-2 p.m. at UW Medical Center – Montlake: Turner Auditorium or the UW Medical Center – Northwest: Board Room (MOB).
  • “A New Horizon of Ensuring Psychological Safety: Listening with Intention” lecture with Sarah Kim, PhD. Join the event on Wednesday, March 15, 10-11 a.m., at the UW Medical Center – Montlake Turner Auditorium.

Harborview Medical Center

  • Events recognizing staff who have demonstrated excellence in patient safety will be happening throughout the week.
  • Pet therapy dog Palmer and his handler Maria will help deliver recognition certificates to Harborview Medical Center units on Monday, March 13.

Valley Medical Center

  • This Week at Valley article will highlight the recent Speak Up! Award runners up and will include learning sessions by safety teams.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

  • Patient Safety Intranet site will highlight the Patient Safety Team’s work and accomplishments from this past year.
  • Acknowledgements for staff taking an active role in patient safety.