We Lead for Safety

Healthcare leaders are guided by the highest calling: to care for those who entrust their care to us. To make a difference. We believe this can only happen when leaders lead with intent.

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Safer Together: Healthcare’s New Resource to Guide Safer Care

Experts and contributors to the National Action Plan highlight four foundational focus areas outlined in the report—culture, leadership and governance; patient and family engagement; workforce safety; and learning systems— focusing on the critical role of leaders in each of these domains. This session is co-developed by ACHE and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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Re-Committing to Patient Safety in the COVID-19 Era

Patricia McGaffigan, vice president of safety programs at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, discusses the driving forces behind the new National Safety Action Plan developed by IHI, ACHE and 25 other industry-leading organizations to help healthcare providers move toward zero-harm.

We are committed to leading for safety.

We provide healthcare leaders with tools and resources to create and sustain a culture of safety, achieve the highest standards and raise the bar for excellence.

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Leading with intent requires that leaders stand for something. Amidst all of the competing priorities, the most important thing that leaders can stand for is safety – that leaders lead for safety.

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We Lead For Safety:  The Pledge

Commit to leading for safety by signing our We Lead for Safety pledge and receive a Leading For Safety certificate.
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Assess your Organization’s Culture of Safety

Taking the Culture of Safety Organizational Self-Assessment is the first step towards preparing to implement impactful, systematic change.
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Safer Together

ACHE, Along With IHI, AHRQ Announce Release of National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety

The American College of Healthcare Executives joins with members of the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety to announce the release of a National Action Plan to provide health systems with renewed momentum and clearer direction for eliminating preventable medical harm.

Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety draws from evidence-based practices, widely known and effective interventions, exemplar case examples, and newer innovations. The plan is the work of 27 influential federal agencies, safety organizations and experts, and patient and family advocates, first brought together in 2018 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

The knowledge and recommendations in the National Action Plan center on four foundational areas deliberately chosen because of their widespread impact on safety across the continuum of care:

  1. Culture, Leadership, and Governance: The imperative for leaders, governance bodies, and policymakers to demonstrate and foster deeply held professional commitments to safety as a core value and promote the development of cultures of safety. 
  2. Patient and Family Engagement: The spread of authentic patient and family engagement; the practice of co-designing and co-producing care with patients, families, and care partners to ensure their meaningful partnership in all aspects of care design, delivery, and operations.
  3. Workforce Safety: The commitment to the safety and fortification of the health care workforce as a necessary precondition to advancing patient safety; the need to work towards a unified, total system perspective and approach to eliminate harm to both patients and the workforce.
  4. Learning System: The establishment of networked and continuous learning; forging learning systems within and across health care organizations at the local, regional, and national levels to encourage widespread sharing, learning, and improvement.