Maricopa Integrated Health System Receives Top Honors
October 26, 2016
MIHS is one of only nine hospitals in the U.S. to achieve highest distinction.
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) has recertified Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) as a "star" site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), making MIHS the only hospital in Arizona with star certification and one of only nine hospitals across the nation to earn this distinction.
At a ceremony today, Jessie Atencio, Assistant Director for the ADOSH, presented MIHS leaders with a VPP star flag.
"We know that VPP is a good business decision for both the employer and employees, and MIHS pursuing recertification is proof that both experience a benefit from our partnership," Atencio said. "MIHS, by pursuing the highest safety standards for their nearly 4,000 employees, has earned recertification as a VPP Star site."
MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves accepted the award today on behalf of all employees at the October meeting of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors.
"We're proud to accomplish VPP STAR status and remain committed to sustaining this high level of safety performance," Purves said. "We have created a culture of safety that extends to all our employees, our patients and families, our visitors and the communities we serve."
“Maricopa Integrated Health Systems has documented a safety rate that is 44% lower than the national average for their industry. Their attentiveness to safety doesn't just help the bottom line, more importantly, it gets employees home safely each day", said Dale Schultz, Chairman of the Industrial Commission.
Participation in VPP is completely voluntary. After submitting an application to ADOSH, an employer will undergo a thorough evaluation by safety and health professionals. The evaluation comes at no risk of citation and VPP partners are exempt from planned inspections.
This is Maricopa Integrated Health System's first VPP re-certification and earns them an additional 5 years of exemplary status.
Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian Reservations, and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 144,000 public and private establishments. For more information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona, please visit http://www.ica.state.az.us/ or call (602) 542-5795.