During the week of March 12-18 Ireland Army Health Clinic will participate in two campaigns sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Those are "United for Patient Safety" and the "A Head for the Future."

Patient Safety Awareness Week along with Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month, are IRAHC's way to demonstrate its commitment to raise awareness, spark dialogue and promote action to improve the safety of health care system for patients, the workforce and the community.

To observe the week, IRAHC has planned activities to educate staff and engage patients as well as educational outreach to the broader community, including the following:

n Knowledge booth Monday-March 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the pharmacy reception area. Some of the subjects for discussion include: medication reconciliation/hand hygiene awareness/at risk behaviors/brain injury educational tools/healthy brain tips and concussion prevention.

In addition, patients, Families and consumers are encouraged to take part in the campaign by pledging to be active members of their health care teams by participating in care decisions and asking questions.

"I am proud of the work that our staff does every day to make Ireland Army Health Clinic a leading health care provider in our community," said Dr. Janet Hunter, chief of quality and safety. "Patient safety awareness and brain injury awareness is a time to recognize the work that has been done, reflect, educate and engage. Everyone--from providers to patients and Family members--plays a role in ensuring safe care, and by uniting together and sharing that common goal, we can make a difference in patient safety."