CONTACT: Michelle Aliprantis, Director of Business Development, Marketing
and Communications and Interim Regional Director over Suburban Community
Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital MAliprantis@primehealthcare.com
East Norriton, PA (October 31, 2019)- Suburban Community Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care hospital held
their yearly Patient Safety Fair as a fun but important way to remind
staff and students to keep patient safety as top priority, and to provide
education for new advances in technology. Each department presented posters
on various topics focusing on Safety Education, Falls Prevention, Allied
Health, and other various topics.
Students from the Allied Services Department at Central Montco Technical
High School, in Plymouth Meeting created a mock patient room of errors
to raise awareness of medical violations that could lead to serious results.
“Patient safety is our main priority and we want to help our employees
and students keep up with the latest industry trends, regulatory updates,
and innovations, so we can continue to improve our programs,” said
Donna Lorenz, MSHCM, BSN, RNBC, PI Director.
One of the detailed presentation was created by students from the Allied
Services Department at Centeral Montco Technical High School. They staged
a “manikin” patient that was placed on a hospital bed suffering
from many such errors. For example, the “manikin” had two
arm bands with different names. His oxygen tubing was not connected. The
med rates were wrong.
One student observed the “manikin” patient and found 12 medical
errors. Another student said that nurses had 90 seconds to come up with
as many errors as possible. “There were easily more than 20 errors,
and students on the units found the majority,” said allied health
instructor and HOSA adviser, Connie Price.
The activities and displays described above are just a few of the many
that comprised this year’s fair, all with a focus on keeping our
“Thanks to Donna, who led the effort, and the many others who worked
so hard to pull together another successful fair,” said Mary McKay,
RN,MS, CPHQ, CSHA, Accreditation & Licensure Division II.
About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality
healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community
Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered
at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital
would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and
injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of
Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban
Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating
45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital
in Philadelphia and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.