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Inside the news: A five-year safety journey brings success to an Ohio hospital

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 25, 2008

After a five-year journey to develop a safe and healthy culture for its staff, Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) in Portsmouth was recently awarded the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Designation—an award given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

SOMC, a 2008 ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recipient, is one of only eight hospitals in the United States to achieve VPP status—a three-year designation. One way SOMC met OSHA’s criteria to develop a safety and health management system was through its safety champions.

SOMC has one to three safety champions in every department who attend quarterly training sessions on numerous safety issues (e.g., ergonomics, fire training). The champions are provided with educational materials on the safety issues to take back to their department to share with their peers. 

Source: Southern Ohio Medical Center press release

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