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(Hawthorne NY) – In a concerted, nationwide effort to encourage and strengthen collaboration between patients, families, and their health care providers – and improve patient safety through collective action – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic is joining other leading health care organizations in celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 7-13, sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation.

This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk! Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare.”

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Stand Up for Patient Safety program, will engage staff, patients and community by emphasizing the critical need for partnership and participation in the drive for a safer health care system. Programs highlighting new methods for improving the information exchange that occurs during patient/provider encounters will be launched and promoted throughout the course of the week.

To learn more about Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s broad range of preventative reproductive and sexual health services, visit www.pphp.org.

For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, visit www.npsf.org.


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 16th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 12 medical centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. In 2009, PPHP provided services to over 35,000 patients in over 70,000 visits. We conducted nearly 1,600 education programs reaching nearly 32,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPHP has served the community for 77 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy than any other health care provider or advocacy group. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit www.pphp.org


Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc.


Beverly Katz (914) 467-7341


March 09, 2010