HealthLeaders recently organized a Roundtable on a topic of ever-growing importance and concern – Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs). I participated in the HAI discussion alongside four other healthcare industry leaders. The issue directly affects patient care, dynamics, and bottom line performance. To create a thriving organization, as I have previously discussed, a connection between employee responsibility and the responsibility of the employer needs to be made. In the case of HAIs, we have boiled this idea down to three dynamics: culture, leadership, and organizational commitment. Though, it’s important to realize, the success and sustainability of the characteristics depends heavily on systems. Systems and supporting processes ensure an effective and efficient workplace when coupled with those high-level dimensions.
The other industry leaders who participated in the discussion included:
- Marilyn Dubree- Executive Chief Nursing Officer
- Gerald Hickson- Senior Vice President for Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Prevention
- William Maples- Senior Vice President & Chief Quality Officer
- Steve Seeley- Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Officer