Patient Safety Practiced and Celebrated at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital


National Patient Safety Awareness WeekPleasant Gap, Penn. - HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital celebrates National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 3 - 9, 2013, to educate the community, patients and their families, clinicians, and others on the importance of patient safety in the hospital and at home. Adopting the theme "Slam Dunk For Safety," the hospital is jumping through many hoops to show its commitment to caring for its patients in a safe manner and providing successful outcomes to keep them in the game.

"Patient safety is a top priority and one of the most important aspects in creating a high-quality patient experience," said HealthSouth Nittany Valley's CEO Susan Hartman. "We know that patients have a choice and we work to enhance our culture of safety every day. This week-long event is an excellent opportunity to recognize the importance of safety in our hospital while having fun."

Patient Safety Awareness Week was initially launched in 2002 and is endorsed by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) whose mission is to: improve the safety of patients by identifying and creating a core body of knowledge; identify pathways to apply the knowledge; develope and enhane the culture of receptivity to patient safety; raise public awareness and foster communications about patient safety as well as improve the status of NPSF and its ability to meet its goals. For more information, please visit NPSF's website at

About HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is a 73-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Centre Region and five surrounding counties, the hospital is located at 550 West College Avenue, Pleasant Gap, and on the Web at Outpatient Clinics are located in Pleasant Gap, Mifflintown, and Lewistown.

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is the nation's largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of revenues, number of hospitals, and patients treated and discharged. Operating in 27 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics, and home health agencies. HealthSouth's hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders; orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary conditions; brain and spinal cord injuries; and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at


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