Sonoma Valley Hospital earns kudos for safety

Sonoma’s little hospital has just received a big honor.

The accolade comes via Consumer Reports magazine which, after surveying 2,591 hospitals across the United States has proclaimed Sonoma Valley Hospital among the 15 safest in the country.

“We were shocked and excited” to hear the news, said hospital CEO Kelly Mather. “We’ve been working on this culture of safety for three years, and it worked.”

Mather was referring to the hospital’s “Good Catch Program,” which rewards employees for noticing and reporting safety issues at SVH. The program has resulted in “heightened awareness,” she said, as employees are lauded for making SVH a safer place for patients.

“We have at least a dozen good catches that we celebrated with staff in the last year-and-a-half,” Mather said.

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