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Thursday, August 18, 2022

North Country Hospital honored for workplace safety

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital was recently honored with an award for exceptional on-the-job safety performance during The MEMIC Group’s Annual Meeting of Policyholders.

Only nine employers out of more than 20,000 MEMIC policyholders across the country, received a 2019 award for workplace safety from the workers’ compensation insurance specialist.

Chief Financial Officer Andre Bissonnette accepted the award on behalf of North Country Hospital.

“As soon as I met Andre, he started telling the story of North Country Hospital and it aligned perfectly with our methodology at MEMIC,” MEMIC Loss Control Manager Scott Valorose said. “They don’t just talk about caring for employees and safety. Over the years I’ve seen them live it every day and their low claim numbers back that up.”

Bissonnette says that over the years, they’ve built a safety program that brought cultures together, both clinical and non-clinical.

“We brought patient safety and what you would call physical plant safety together onto one proactive committee,” Bissonnette said. “It’s helped break down walls and creates a lot of collaboration. I’m proud of how our safety culture has evolved, and it’s really everyone working together to create the safest environment throughout the organization.”

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