Hospital Specialist Recognized by SPS

Charla Purkey, Solutions for Patient Safety's "Safety Champion" for June 2019Solutions for Patient Safety, a national network of children’s hospitals, has chosen East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s very own Charla Purkey as their Safety Champion for June 2019.

Charla is bringing East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s own commitment to patient safety to a national level. SPS is the only nationwide organization specifically focused on pediatric patient safety and reducing associated Medicaid costs. Participating SPS hospitals share and learn from one another to accomplish nationwide goals and enhance patient care. Executive leadership plays a critical role in the improvement and success of patient safety with SPS, and Charla has helped shape our culture of safety since becoming Children’s Hospital’s wound care specialist in 2011.

Charla’s perseverance and leadership at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has enhanced the patient and family experience. This month she was selected from more than 135 participating children’s hospitals that share safety successes. Her continued leadership and inspiration helps to transform East Tennessee Children’s hospital into a safe place for children to heal, and is one more reason #wegetkids.

In addition to Charla’s recognition, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital was awarded “SPS June Hospital of the Month," a national recognition this organization has received three times since 2017.