Presbyterian Healthcare Services will be observing World Patient Safety Day on September 17, 2021 by lighting its hospitals orange after sundown. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has proclaimed September 17 Patient Safety Day in New Mexico and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller issued a proclamation declaring the day World Patient Safety Day in Albuquerque.
“Presbyterian believes that every patient should have access to safe, equitable care in their community,” said Dr. Jeff Salvon-Harman, chief patient safety officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “It is important that we take this time to reflect as a community on the importance of patient safety and its impact on the lives of our fellow New Mexicans.”
World Patient Safety Day is an annual observance established by the World Health Organization in 2019 to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm. This year’s theme is Safe Maternal and Newborn Care to bring attention to unsafe care women and newborns may be exposed to during childbirth worldwide.
This is the first year Presbyterian will be participating in the event.