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Posted 20 Dec 2013 in Open for better care

Mercy Hospital in Dunedin has become the first private provider in the South Island to pledge support for the Open for better care national patient safety campaign.

A private not-for-profit organisation with charitable status, Mercy Hospital is owned by Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.

Speaking on behalf of the hospital’s clinical services group, Director of Clinical Services Philippa Pringle said Mercy Hospital welcomed having a central place to go for national evidence-based best practice guidelines. It also valued the campaign resources.

The differences in private providers – in terms of size and patient cohort, etc – could make comparisons difficult, so the hospital appreciated being able to benchmark its safety standards against the public sector.

“We’re committed to sharing best practice and to continuous improvement, which fits in with the goals of Open for better care,” said Ms Pringle.

“We also aim for transparency for our patients, so that we’re able to give them the confidence that they are walking into a hospital that puts safety first.”

Mercy Hospital will also launch a falls competencies programme in January 2014. The programme will aim to educate visitors, patients and families as well as health care workers about the risks of falls and what can be done to prevent them.

Open for better care is gaining increasing support from the private sector, including the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association.