SOMC Receives OHA’s Top 20 Percent Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again received the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Top 20 Percent Award for being one of the safest healthcare facilities in the state.

 The award is given through OHA’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, which annually recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that have secured the most successful safety programs and superior employee safety records. The safety awards were created in 1953 by the OHA and the Industrial Commission of Ohio to promote workplace safety.

 “This honor shows that SOMC is not only working to provide a safe environment for our patients and visitors, but also our employees,” Christy Aeh, director of SOMC Safety Services, said. “It’s a true accomplishment and is yet another way to measure our progress toward achieving excellence at SOMC.”

 Twenty Percent winners were chosen based on their organization’s submitted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses data, which included the total recordable employee injury cases and days away from work for the past year. SOMC was recognized among 14 other healthcare facilities.

 “Safety is a priority in everything we do and this award proves our dedication to go above and beyond,” Chief Safety Officer Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of SOMC Health and Safety, said. “Our employees have been working to create and sustain a culture of safety and an exceptionally safe work environment and it’s wonderful to see the collaboration that has been made to produce these outcomes. We thank our leaders and staff members for their teamwork and congratulate them on their success.”

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