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NMC Earns National Safety Award

Jun 16, 2010 8:00 pm  |  Permalink

Northwestern Medical Center has received the National Safety Council’s Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. NMC was recognized for having an incidence rate of employees missing time for illness or injury which is less than one quarter of the national rate for general medical and surgical hospitals.

“The National Safety Council compares us against industry standards nationwide,” said Wes Miller, NMC’s Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “They recognize those hospitals which are 50% lower than the national average. NMC is at 24% of the national average, which is outstanding.”

“Our success in preventing injuries is a result of a lot of hard work by our Employee Safe Practices Committee and the willingness of our employees to learn and support the organization’s efforts to keep our workplace safe,” said Miller.

In addition to its multi-disciplinary group devoted to improving safety in the workplace, NMC has a proactive approach to transitional duties for workers who do get injured. NMC managers and the hospital’s Human Resources department work closely with Northwestern Occupational Health to get injured workers back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

“Preventing injuries and getting people back to work quickly keeps our staff working in vital roles,” said Miller. “It also helps save money by keeping Workers’ Comp costs down.”

Businesses and industries interested in learning more about injury prevention services for worksites, similar to those used successfully by NMC, can contact Chris Sweeney at Northwestern Occupational Health, 524-8426.