Speak UpTM

In March 2002, The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40 countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and posters. The program urges patients to:

Speak up if you have questions or concerns.
Pay attention to the care you get.
Educate yourself about your illness.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
Know what medicines you take and why you take them.

Use a health care organization that has been carefully checked out.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment.

Anesthesia and Sedation


At the Doctors Office

At Home

Avoid a Return Trip to the Hospital


Five Ways to be Active in Your Care

Health Care Settings

Infant and Children's Health

Memory Problems and Dementia

Organ Donation


Patient Advocacy

Preventing Medical Errors (NEW!)

Preventing Medicine Errors

Preventing Surgical Errors

Reducing Your Risk of Falling

Research Studies

Serious Illness and Palliative Care


X-rays and MRIs


The Mission of the Department of Healthcare Epidemiology is to establish and maintain a proactive program of surveillance, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and occupational exposures to infectious diseases.

We utilize policy/procedure, education, communication and epidemiological techniques to promote good outcomes.  

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