The IPA/MSP medication safety award is awarded to “a health care organization that
demonstrates a dynamic and enthusiastic commitment to medication-use safety through innovative and creative projects, programs, educational efforts and/or research.”
This is a first-time win for Deaconess Pharmacy
for the organization-level award.
Joyce Thomas, director of the Deaconess Pharmacy said, “This award is the result of Deaconess’ consistent, ongoing effort toward medication safety. From dedicated pharmacists to the job of improving medication safety through clinical dosing interventions, to utilization of state-of-the-art technology, to collaborative efforts within the hospital and other community organizations, our number one goal is for our patients to receive their medications correctly every time.”
Laura Stock, medication safety lead pharmacist at Deaconess Health System was awarded the IPA/MSA individual practitioner medication safety award. “When Laura became the Medication Safety Lead Pharmacist in 2007, she immediately dedicated herself to improving medication safety throughout the hospital at all levels,” Thomas said. “Laura is the key representative in our department for the Deaconess Health System Patient Safety Team, and she ensures that each staff member in the department is continuously trained on the ‘Culture of Safety’ principles.
As a member of the Community Patient Safety Coalition, Laura has been a key participant in working with other hospitals and organizations in the community to help standardize important aspects of medication administration, especially to critical care patients. ”