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Infection Prevention Leader Kirsty Pratley Honored with Maine Patient Safety Academy’s 2024 Rising Tide Award

Northern Light CA Dean and Mayo Hospitals take immense pleasure in announcing that their Director of Infection Prevention, Christina “Kirsty” Pratley, has been recently felicitated with the Maine Patient Safety Academy’s 2024 Rising Tide Award at the Academy’s yearly conference at the University of Maine. The award is bestowed upon an individual for demonstrating a remarkable commitment, profound leadership, and innovative approach to best practices in patient safety, and Pratley was chosen to be recognized for these attributes by her peers.

The Maine Patient Safety Academy acknowledges contributions, both small and large, aimed at advancing patient safety in communities across Maine. In Pratley’s particular instance, the nominators specified how she embodies the finest aspects of a healthcare professional, serving as an inspiring role model who brings a relentless spirit to face challenges and hardships each day as they arrive.

Pratley’s nomination specifically highlighted her unwavering dedication to fostering a culture of patient safety within the medical institutions she directs. She does this by not only educating medical and support personnel but also actively involving them in patient safety conversations. Kirsty Pratley demonstrates accessibility, ensuring she is available to discuss safety queries across all CA Dean or Mayo Hospital locations.

Marie Vienneau, the President of CA Dean and Mayo Hospitals, commends Pratley for her passion towards patient safety and her steadfast commitment to disseminating her extensive expertise to benefit both the hospital staff and patients. She emphasizes that the term“collaborative” perfectly encapsulates Pratley’s approach, commending her for her substantial contributions during the pandemic by leading responses and coordinating screening and vaccination efforts. Vienneau notes how Pratley encourages staff to communicate directly with her anytime, in the pursuit of guaranteeing the highest level of safety. She also applauds Pratley’s acts of visiting multiple sites to assist with infection prevention issues and becoming a resource for the community.

The career of Christina ‘Kirsty’ Pratley, filled with more than two decades of service at the Mayo Hospital and nearly 19 years dedicated to improving patient safety as an infection preventionist, is nothing short of awe-inspiring.


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