Speaking up when having a concern in healthcare is foundational to ensuring safe, high-quality care for patients and a safe work environment for staff.
The MHA Keystone Center Speak-Up! Award was launched in March 2016 for members of the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) to celebrate healthcare staff who speak up for patient or staff safety. The award program has grown exponentially throughout the last five years, averaging more than one nomination every two days, with over half of PSO members actively participating — 947 nominations have been received from 61 member organizations.
As part of the award program’s evolution, the MHA Keystone Center created a toolkit to help PSO-member organizations design and implement their own speak-up recognition process to advance their safety culture. According to a cost-savings analysis, each time staff speak up and prevent harm saves more than $13,000 for patients, families and healthcare organizations. This work was published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management and finished in the top 10% most downloaded articles of the Wiley publishing company in 2019.