On October 4, I was pleased to see the University Town Center turn out to celebrate the great work of one of our associates, Laura (Laurie) Want, MSN, RN, CDE, CCRC, BC-ADM. She was surprised by the associates, joined by Dr. Dave Mayer, VP of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health, to receive the Josie King HeRO Award, in honor of her commitment to patient safety and her part in making MedStar Health a high reliability organization.
For those of you who attend the spring MHRI town halls at UTC and Union Memorial, the story should be familiar. Laurie is one of the staff of MCCRC on their diabetes research projects (and has been for 24 years!). As part of her routine with patients, she weighs them and notice with one particular patient that he had a foot injury. Since he is diabetic, and previously had a toe amputated, this patient was at high-risk for a serious adverse event due to this injury.