Jersey Shore Hospital selects its December ‘Champion’ employee

The Jersey Shore Hospital is committed to providing the safest and highest quality care possible to our patients. To solidify this commitment, each weekday from 8:45 to 9 a.m., a Quality/Safety Huddle is convened to discuss events, which impact safety and quality.

During these Huddles, items such as: significant safety/quality issues; staffing variances; supply, equipment or drug information; heightened attention needed; great catches/near misses (safety success stories about practice or safe behaviors); service recovery (patient concerns); and education or needs identified are reviewed.

Each month the team selects an indiviual who has exhibited safe practice behaviors, from those reported during the huddles. This individual is a Champion for Safety and Quality and recognized for their dedication to providing safe, quality care.

This month’s recipient is Wendy Brewer, an employee at the Jersey Shore Hospital for 10 years. She is a multiple modality Radiologic Technologist II, primarily responsible for CT Scan and MRI. Wendy is described by co-workers as dedicated, compassionate and benevolent.

Brewer is being recognized for her recognition of a life threatening diagnosis discovered while performing an outpatient CT scan. While performing the procedure, Wendy noticed that the patient had a disecting thoracic aortic aneurysm. She asked the patient to wait and requested the physician immediately evaluate the study. Dr. Stawser confirmed it was disecting. The patient was then taken to the ED and immediately transferred to SHS for emergent surgery.