On Jan. 8, Daily Safety Huddle attendees were welcomed into the Zinner Breakout Room with party hats, white, gold and blue balloons, a thank-you banner and cupcakes to mark the one-year anniversary of what has become a critical multidisciplinary meeting for bringing together teams across the hospital to swiftly identify and eliminate any barriers to patient care.
“It has been one year of very hard work, and I am sincerely thankful for all Safety Huddle members for prioritizing and elevating patient safety and care each and every morning,” said Charles Morris, MD, MPH, associate chief medical officer. “We’ve raised just over 800 issues during that time, the majority of which were resolved in one day. This remarkable accomplishment demonstrates the commitment we all have to pursuing excellence.”
From Medicine to Security, Pharmacy to Food Services, representatives from the Brigham’s many service lines and departments attend the brief stand-up meeting at 9 a.m. each weekday, fostering a sense of routine and teamwork.
“In addition to prioritizing patient safety and care, which are at the heart of everything we do, Safety Huddle has helped us create an environment of camaraderie, collaboration and inclusion where each staff member is encouraged to share updates and look to each other for assistance,” said Maddy Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services.
Julia Sinclair, MBA, senior vice president of Clinical Services, also applauded the group for its leadership and teamwork.
“It’s rewarding and inspiring to see everyone come together to identify and problem-solve issues—from house-wide discharge plan barriers to service-specific wait times—each morning,” Sinclair said. “We’re looking forward to Safety Huddle 2.0, which will include even more service lines and continued collaboration with our Faulkner colleagues to ensure this meeting series continues to add value to our patients, visitors and staff.”