Speaker comes to Craig to talk about patient-centered care

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Ridley Barron

The Memorial Hospital is bringing a national speaker, Ridley Barron, author of Twist of Faith, to Craig to talk about the value of vigilant patient-centered care.

“He has a really important message about patient safety and patient-centered care,” said Jennifer Riley, Chief of Organizational Excellence at TMH.

Barron’s presentation will touch on what can happen after a single medical mistake in a brief moment, she said.

“When you’re really busy, doing your job, you can forget that your job can positively and negatively affect someone really quickly,” Riley said.

Kristine Cooper, laboratory manager for TMH, got to see a preview of the presentation and said it will help caregivers understand the value of doing meticulous work.

“It’s an opportunity for other caregivers to come together. It brings to light our impact and affect on patient care,” she said. It is “important to have a good positive communication with patients, families and co-workers.”

Chris Smolik, CEO of TMH, has seen Barron’s presentations more than once.

“His presentations are and can be life altering for people; particularly caregivers,” he said.

It also will emphasize TMH’s new patient-centered mission, Smolik said.

“With me being new here at the hospital it was important to reestablish our mission and vision; and more importantly our message to the community,” he said.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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