SOMC Safety Leader Elected to OSHRM Board

Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety at Southern Ohio Medical Center, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Ohio Society for Health Care Risk Managers (OSHRM), representing the Central District. OSHRM is an affiliated state chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers of the American Hospital Association.

“I’m excited about joining the board. It’s a great opportunity to help the risk management and patient safety professionals in Ohio have a voice,” Sammons said.

Founded in 1978, OSHRM was created to establish a forum for health care risk managers in the state of Ohio. The society’s mission is to promote risk management, which protects human and financial assets in a manner consistent with compassionate, quality and cost-effective health care.

“My duties will include planning a bi-annual education day and furthering patient safety initiatives in health care,” she said. “Bringing back what I learn will benefit patients, employees and the community.”

Sammons will represent Portsmouth and Scioto County with state leaders in dealing with risk management issues. As a board member, she will serve a two-year term.

“As one of our strategic values, physicians, leaders and front line staff are always working to provide exceptional care through safety,” Sammons said. “As an OSHRM board member, I look forward to sharing the success of our organization and giving our employees the recognition they deserve for producing excellent results.”