HealthPartners CEO joins coalition for safety
Andrea Walsh, nine other health system CEOs sign Declaration of Principles to set new safety standards.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners, today joined nine CEOs from across the U.S. in an effort to set new standards of safety for the nation’s health care workers. The health system leaders launched the CEO Coalition to spark a movement for meaningful change and catalyze a future in which all health care colleagues feel more protected at work.
The CEO Coalition’s Declaration of Principles expands the definition of safety to include safeguarding psychological and emotional well-being of all team members, promoting health justice by declaring equity and anti-racism as core components of safety, and protecting the physical safety of colleagues, which includes a zero-harm program to eliminate workplace violence, both physical and verbal.
“Across our organization, we’re always looking at how we can improve and support the safety of our colleagues,” Walsh said. “Collaborating with other health system leaders to build best practices and drive improvements in safety, well-being and equity will strengthen trusted relationships with our colleagues and the patients and members we serve.”
The COVID-19 pandemic brought new visibility to the selfless acts of courage and the fierce dedication of health care team members. It also amplified the physical and emotional risks team members face, as well as systemic inequities. Together, the co-founders of the CEO Coalition will work to increase awareness and help accelerate needed change.
HealthPartners is a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.
About the CEO Coalition
The CEO Coalition, co-founded by 10 health system CEOs across the U.S., is on a mission to protect the physical safety, emotional well-being, and just treatment of all who work in healthcare. Focused on the heart of safety, the CEO Coalition published a Declaration of Principles outlining three pillars of change needed to build a future of caring, trust, and health justice. The co-founders of the CEO Coalition have sparked a national movement and are turning the Declaration into an action plan for meaningful and sustainable change. For more information, visit CEOCoalition.com.