May 11, 2015

Center for Health Affairs forum focuses on safety for health care employees

Preparing for, trying to prevent and responding to violence occurring at the hands of patients receiving care in behavioral medicine has increasingly become a concern for the health care community. To raise awareness for the issue and start a conversation about how to address it in Northeast Ohio, The Center for Health Affairs is hosting the “Mary Ann Jerse-O’Connor Community Forum: Healthcare Workers Protecting Each Other.” This forum will take place Friday, May 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Castele Learning Center at Lutheran Hospital.

Among many partners, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is a supporting partner of the forum, which is named in honor of Mary Ann Jerse-O'Connor, a promising psychiatrist who tragically lost her life to violence while working as a psychiatrist in an outpatient clinic. 

Health care employees from across the region are encouraged to participate in the May 22 event. The forum will shed light on the topic of protecting health care workers and feature 16 speakers with backgrounds in behavioral health. The event is free, and also open to the public, but registration is required. The deadline to register is May 20.

“The goal of the afternoon is to bring together medical professionals to learn from each other, share best practices and examine possible solutions to keep our health care workers, police officers, security personnel and patients safe,” said Kyle Miller, director of government affairs and public policy for the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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