PRH Named 2013 Top Performer in Employee Safety

Dec 16, 2013

PULLMAN—Pullman Regional Hospital was recently awarded a Top Performer Award accompanied by a $5,000 check by the Washington Hospitals Workers' Compensation Trust, a subsidiary program of the Washington State Hospital Association. The Top Performer Awards recognize members who go "above and beyond" compliance and follow best practices in Workers' Compensation. Pullman Regional Hospital also won this award in 2010 and 2012.

Criteria of the award is focused on employee safety and includes: timely filing of any claims, participating in programs that reduce employee and patient injuries, participating in ongoing educational and safety program activities, managing an effective Return to Work program, and a CEO walk-around.

"Voluntarily entering the contest and receiving our third award shows our patients that Pullman Regional Hospital is committed to both employee and patient safety and to providing an environment where our patients can receive the best care possible," said Pullman Regional Hospital Director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Laura Barrett.
Pullman Regional Hospital's Environment of Care and Safety Committee is comprised of a representative from each hospital department and is responsible for addressing all hospital safety concerns, prioritizing projects, and allocating Top Performer prize money.

The $5,000 prize money must be spent on employee safety. In 2012, the Environment of Care and Safety Committee voted to use the funds towards hands-free door opening hardware in the operating rooms. Barrett and the committee will review the proposals submitted by hospital employees to determine how the $5,000 will be spent this year.

Date Posted: December 16, 2013
Contact: Alison Weigley, Community Relations Coordinator
Pullman Regional Hospital

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