Sanford USD Medical Center Earns Governors Safety Award

Governor’s Safety Awards spotlight South Dakota employers with above average safety records.

(Sioux Falls, SD) - The South Dakota Safety Council has awarded a Governor’s Safety Award to Sanford USD Medical Center for excellence in workplace safety and health. Sanford USD Medical Center is one of 41 employers recognized at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center on September 28.

“An effective safety program reduces injuries and costs, maximizes productivity and builds morale,” said Cary Swenson, executive director of the South Dakota Safety Council. “Employers like Sanford understand that safety is good business, now more than ever.”

Since 1993, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards have spotlighted South Dakota employers with above average safety records.  Participants submit injury information which is compared with state and national data, as well as the entrant’s past performance. Ongoing safety programs and activities are also considered.

Sanford USD Medical Center has been recognized the last four years and was honored to receive the Award of Honor, the highest award, the last two years.  In addition to Sanford, there were nine other employers throughout the state of South Dakota who received the Award of Honor for exceptional accomplishments in reduction of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 
 
“Here at Sanford, where safety is everyone's responsibility, our Lift Team continues to reduce serious back injuries to our staff by safely lifting patients using lift devices;  ceiling lifts continue to be installed in patient rooms for safe patient handling and, if an injury occurs, our Return to Work program coordinator assists staff in finding suitable work.  These are just a few of the many initiatives that have been implemented to help us achieve these levels of excellence,” stated Charles O’Brien, MD, president, Sanford USD Medical Center.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon was part of the 19th South Dakota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the South Dakota Safety Council. The conference is the largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The South Dakota Safety Council, founded in 1949, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in South Dakota by preventing unintentional injuries (“accidents”).


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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
605-328-7056 or 605-366-2432 | stacy.jones@sanfordhealth.org
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