Preston Memorial Celebrates National Compliance and Ethics Week

Posted Date: 11/8/2018

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week is an initiative of the Health Care Compliance Association, and took place November 4 – 10, 2018. Compliance and Ethics Week is celebrated annually by businesses around the globe.

Designating a week to focus on compliance and ethics within an organization builds awareness to support a culture of compliance. Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week is centered around three basic pillars including awareness, recognition and reinforcement.

Laura Evans, Preston Memorial Hospital Director of Quality, Risk and Compliance, explained the value in celebrating Corporate Compliance Week by providing education to PMH staff. “We’re a small community hospital with a larger – than – life vision to provide the best care and to be compliant with federal and state regulations,” Evans said. “In order to deliver great care, we have to make sure our staff receive continual education on how to deliver that level of care.”

Preston Memorial employees were encouraged to participate in Compliance and Ethics Week activities on November 7 and 8. The PMH Quality Improvement Services Department hosted various events for employees including Compliance Bingo, Exploring the Dark Web, and The Compliance Crime Scene. Presentations were also given to further educate employees of the partnership with the Hazelton Federal Correctional Complex, the PMH ethics program, the RLS program and the Monthly Good Catch Award.

“As we are educating our staff, we want to make sure that we’re engaging them in a way that the information can relate to them,” Evans said. “We don’t want to just talk to them or lecture them; we want them to participate and to have fun while they learn.”

The PMH QIS department made it a priority to engage employees who were unable to attend the Wednesday and Thursday events. Those working night and weekend shifts were also able to participate in additional activities to be completed at alternate times. All participants were entered in a drawing for prize baskets.

“Our first PMH Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week was a tremendous success,” Evans said. “We found a creative way to make our regulatory obligations more accessible to employees in all departments of the hospital.”

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