New Good Sam safety director embraces role
|Mary Schleinzer of Lombard, the new director of patient safety at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. (Submitted photo)|
Mary Schleinzer of Lombard has the kind of job that, if everything goes right, typical people wouldn’t notice the work that went into it.
This month, Schleinzer was named director of patient safety at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. She comes from a similar position at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Riverside.
Hospital officials have said they want to reduce serious safety events by 80 percent in the next five years, and Schleinzer in her role is a key part of effort.
Last week, she responded to questions about her new position.
What are your goals for the position, and how do you plan on accomplishing them?
My goal for the position is for Good Samaritan Hospital to continue to be the best place for patients to heal, with safety at the foundation of the care we give. We strive to give safe care to every patient, every day, every time.
What changes at the hospital can patients and guests expect?
Safety is a non-event; meaning that when everything is safe you see and feel nothing out of the ordinary. Patients and guests will continue to see safety practices such as frequent hand washing and using barcode technology to ensure patients receive the correct medications. Ultimately, when our patients leave our direct care, we hope that they take away a feeling that they were well-cared for and treated with kindness.
What experience do you bring from Hines?
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital is a large complex organization that serves our veterans well. There, I learned how to work with and lead multidisciplinary teams to create changes in processes. The outcome of these changes has produced a safer environment for these patients.
When did you decide to make nursing a career?
I actually decided to make nursing my career after beginning my clinical rotations in school. I started college thinking that nursing would be a steady, interesting job but soon found that it was so much more. I found that I enjoyed the connections that I made with the patients, families and other healthcare workers. I have since realized the true positive impact nurses and all other members of the healthcare team have on their community.
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