In an effort to raise awareness and encourage patients, families and healthcare providers to Navigate Their Health…Safely, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is celebrating National Patient Safety Awareness Week. National Patient Safety Awareness Week, recognized March 2-8, is an annual education and awareness campaign led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, healthcare organizations around the world take part in the event, creating awareness in their community and among their staff of the importance of safety in healthcare.
This year's national theme, Navigate Your Health…Safely highlights the need for healthcare providers to ensure that patients and consumers are more engaged in the health care process, whether visiting the doctor for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery. "Health care today is extremely complex," says NPSF President Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS. "All of us will be patients at some point in life, and we should approach that experience the way we would approach any important journey—with careful planning and communication. Navigate Your Health…Safely reminds us that that providing safe patient care can best be achieved when patients are a key part of the team and take an active role in their care."
This national theme reflects the local Riverside mission of caring for others as they would care for those they love and supports the Riverside Care Difference…safety, kindness, healing and respect. These are at the core of all Riverside does to care for their patients.
 "At Riverside Walter Reed we focus on patient safety each and every day. This week gives us the chance to celebrate the great and safe care our staff give all year," says Dawn LaRoque, Safety and Quality Director at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. "Safety stories are being highlighted and reminders about best safety practices are being shared throughout the week. Leadership rounding this week focuses on supporting staff in the great  patient care they give and sharing "good catches" of above and beyond care at the hospital."
Riverside's range of medical services offered in Gloucester are anchored near the Main Street business corridor by Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, which opened in 1977 and has grown into a 67-bed acute care facility that provides comprehensive services and state-of-the-art technology to the communities of the Middle Peninsula.
Hospital services include emergency, inpatient and outpatient surgery, imaging and laboratory.
In addition to family medicine, internal medicine and general surgery practices, the 30-acre campus surrounding the hospital is home to the Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center, the Middle Peninsula Cancer Institute, Home Care and Hospice, a therapy suite that includes physical, nutrition, speech, hand and occupational therapies, cardiology, gastroenterology, a Nephrology and Sleep Center, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, physiatry, urology, vascular and women's health.
For older adults, a couple miles down Main Street from the hospital campus, Riverside opened the first fully deinstitutionalized nursing home in Virginia – Heron Cove at Sanders – and runs the only full continuing care retirement community in the county – Sanders Retirement Community. Near the southern end of Gloucester, Riverside also operates an Urgent Care center.

Published: March 4, 2014