SOMC awarded VPP Star Designation, among nation’s top 1 percent for safety

Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again been awarded with Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Designation, an honor that places SOMC among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in safety excellence leadership.

VPP is a cooperative program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“To be among the top one percent of hospitals in the nation for safety is a tremendous honor. Earning VPP Star Designation is not only great news for SOMC, but it’s great news for our employees,” Christy Aeh, director of Safety Services at SOMC, said.

Meeting VPP criteria required SOMC to exceed, and sustain, requirements in leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control and safety and health training.

VPP have been shown to have more than 50 percent fewer injuries and lost worker days than the national average.

“All of us at SOMC have high expectations for ourselves, and this distinction is a direct result of that,” Aeh said. “We want our employees to know that they’re working in a safe environment.”