Hospital receives honors for patient care

Parkland Medical Center has been named a top achiever in Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award. The distinction places Parkland Medical Center in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for patient safety by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. This is the second consecutive year Parkland has been recognized in the top five percent nationally for the Patient Safety Excellence Award. 

“Being recognized as a top 5% hospital in the nation for patient safety validates the strong commitment to excellence that Parkland Medical Center staff and providers demonstrate every day,” said John Skevington, Parkland's CEO.  “Parkland is committed to patient safety and providing a quality healthcare experience for all of our patients and their families. This award recognizes that commitment to patient safety and speaks to our team’s dedication to adhering to the highest quality standards in patient care.” 

The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award evaluates the safety and quality of care at a hospital by measuring the rate at which serious, potentially preventable complications and adverse events occurred in the hospital. 

Supervisors of the Checklist host session

State law requires the Supervisors of the Checklist to verify the checklist every 10 years. Any person on the checklist who has not voted in the past four years must re-register to remain on the checklist. Supervisors are sending notice letters to these voters at the address provided when registering.

Supervisors will also hold a session for re-registering voters who have not voted since April 1, 2017, accepting applications for new voter registration, accepting requests for checklist corrections and changing political party.

The session is June 28, 6 to 7 p.m. at the municipal center, first floor, 14 Manning St.

Applicants for registration who possess proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile should bring that proof when they come to register.

Qualified applicants who do not possess proof or who do not bring proof with them may still register if they sign an affidavit attesting to their qualifications for identity, age, and citizenship, and/or domicile.

Voters may check party affiliation online:

Upper Room presents scholarship

The Upper Room's board of directors presents its fourth annual Anna Willis Memorial Scholarship to Londondonderry senior Hannah Desmarais.

The scholarship was created after the passing of one of the Upper Room's founders Anna Willis in December 2017 to honor Willis' work and commitment.

Applicants are those who have shown some commitment to their community through service, and who have a plan for a future to improve their world. Willis's family felt that character was important when selecting candidates, and volunteerism and leadership were important factors. Desmarais, a Londonderry resident applied for the scholarship, among the largest pool of applicants ever from Salem, Pinkerton, and Londonderry high schools. 

Upper Room officials said Desmarais has given much through community service and has created a plan for her future to not only improve her world but that of others, as she plans to study medicine in some way. 

“It is important that our board recognize the foundation of our organization, and one of the women who founded The Upper Room,” said Charlene Puzzo, board president.  

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