Marlborough Hospital awards inaugural Helen Ferris Patient Safety Award

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Included in the photo are members of the Ferris Family, the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit staff and Karen Moore, president and CEO. Photo/Submitted

Marlborough – March 6, Marlborough Hospital awarded the inaugural Helen Ferris Patient Safety Award to the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.

The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit has developed some very effective strategies to reduce the use of behavioral restraints in the unit as well as institute a “culture change” for behavioral restraint use. The results have been dramatic with the department marking 257 days without the use of restraints.

The Helen Ferris Patient Safety Award was established by the Marlborough Hospital Board of Trustees as a way of recognizing a staff member, team or department for their on-going commitment for keeping patients safe. The award is named after the late Helen Ferris, the mother of Neil Ferris who was the former chair of the board of trustees.

“It is so fitting that we bestow this award during National Patient Safety Awareness Week,” said Karen Moore, president and CEO at Tuesday's luncheon. “The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit clearly demonstrates a commitment to patient safety and has engaged their co-workers, patients and family members by their creativity and innovation.”

Marlborough Hospital continues to be recognized for their commitment to patient safety. In 2009, Marlborough Hospital was awarded the prestigious Betsy Lehman Award for safety recognition and in fall 2011 the hospital was presented with the prestigious Press Ganey Success Story Award for clinical performance.

Since 1890, Marlborough Hospital, a member hospital of UMass Memorial Health Care, has provided quality health care to the communities of the 495 Corridor.