This post’s publish date, Sept. 17, aligns with International Patient Safety Day, a global campaign to rally stakeholders across health care systems to work together to improve patient safety.

I think it bodes well that this is also the day Johns Hopkins Medicine International welcomes Hospital Sírio-Libanês (HSL) into our global collaborative health family. Located in São Paulo, Brazil, the 700-bed hospital treats more than 120,000 inpatients each year in 40+ medical specialties.

At Johns Hopkins, we selectively collaborate with hospitals, health providers, governments and educational institutions that share our values. As one of the leading health care institutions in Latin America — and with its steadfast commitment to providing high-quality, high-value patient care — Hospital Sírio-Libanês easily met our high standards.

HSL is strengthening its institute dedicated to patient safety and quality improvement, and leaders there recognize that creating a safe environment for patients and hospital staff takes time and commitment. Through our new, two-year agreement, HSL will be able to draw upon the expertise of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

The Armstrong Institute’s goal is to eliminate preventable harm and to achieve the best patient outcomes as efficiently as possible. With Johns Hopkins as its laboratory, the Armstrong institute develops and tests solutions in safety and quality improvement and then shares these best practices with health care professionals around the world.

Experts from the Armstrong Institute will be developing and delivering training programs and providing consulting services to help elevate Hospital Sírio-Libanês’ status as an international leader in quality improvement and patient safety.

Caregivers and leaders from both organizations will work together on innovative initiatives for lowering the risks of preventable harm, eliminating medical errors and complications, and reducing waste in care delivery at HSL.

We look forward to collaborating with the dedicated frontline staff and executives at Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Together, we will create a safe environment in which patients get the absolute best care — from diagnosis to discharge.

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