Committed to Its Patients, DeKalb Medical Names First Director of Patient Safety
September 25, 2013
Decatur, GA – DeKalb Medical has furthered its commitment to patient safety by naming its first Director of Patient Safety – Nancy Curdy, MSN, RN, CCNS, ANP-BC, CPHQ.
“It is our goal to continue to build a culture of patient safety where we look at system and process issues as the cause for error, not individuals; where we have highly functioning teams, encouraging every voice to be heard and respected; where we have engagement from the board level to front-line staff in building a highly reliable health care system where our patients and families are central to their own care,” Curdy said. “This is a valuable journey for our community that we are continuing at DeKalb Medical and I’m proud to contribute as the Director of Patient Safety.”
Curdy has over 30 years of experience at DeKalb Medical. She brings to the role several decades of clinical experience as a critical care nurse, certified clinical nurse specialist and adult nurse practitioner, and many years in a quality and performance improvement role, having attained a Professional in Healthcare Quality certification.
Curdy serves on the boards of directors for the National Association for Healthcare Quality Board of Directors and Georgia Association for Healthcare Quality. She is completing a master’s in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.