WHS 2024 Top Performer program to kickoff April 1; informational webinar March 20

March 5, 2024

Each year, Washington Hospital Services (WHS) runs the Top Performer program, which is designed to enhance workplace safety, reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses, and identity and eliminate workplace hazards. The goal of the voluntary program is to provide opportunities for improvement. Join us for an informational webinar from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20. For more information, or to request the registration information, please contact WHS Safety Program Manager Eric Gutzwiler at ericg@wsha.org.

This year, we will ask participants to showcase their incident investigation and root cause analysis (RCA) processes. Incident investigations can help identify opportunities for improvement that may not be immediately apparent after an incident. This can be in organizational culture, quality of performance, retention of employees and employee engagement. When done correctly, RCAs and effective corrective actions can have a positive impact on these are and other areas. For 2024, the program will center around RCAs, and we are happy to announce that we are partnering with Sologic, a local company that specializes in RCAs.

During the March 20 informational webinar, Sologic President Brian Hughes will cover the following:

  1. Introduction:  Who is Sologic?
  2. Anatomy of problems:
    1.  What is a “problem”?
    2. What are common characteristics of problems?
    3.  In general, how do we solve problems?
  3. Problems in health care
    1. Patient safety and quality of care
    2. Health care worker safety
    3. Examples
  4. Human Error
    1. Error types and sources
    2. Introduction of human and organizational performance principles
  5. Sologic Method
    1. Data and evidence gathering
    2. Writing the problem statement
    3. Analyzing cause and effect
  1. Side journey into human error – how do we handle it?
    1. Identifying solutions
    2. Reporting
  1. Facilitation tips and techniques
  2. Close out

While participation in the WHS Top Performer program is only open to Washington Hospital Services members, all WSHA members are invited to attend the webinar. (Eric Gutzwiler)


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