Community Hospital Responds to Surgical Accident

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Following a burn accident at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen last week, the following release has been issued:


Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s primary mission is to provide excellent quality and consistently safe patient care.  We pride ourselves on working to provide only the best care for our community.  Patient safety is a paramount focus for us, and we continue to be deeply committed to our mission and are genuinely concerned for all of our patients.


Marilyn Heger–Guy, VP of Quality, Risk and Compliance stated “The hospital is scheduling a root cause analysis that will allow us to dissect the event.  This will enable us to detect any opportunities for improvement in our current processes.”  She continues,

“We are researching best practices from other Joint Commission Accredited Organizations that have had prior experience with addressing this type of occurrence.”  


Some of our early research reveals that Operating Room burns do occur with some regularity nationally, and while this is the first time at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, the burns in this case are similar to the burns that people experience when they smoke while on oxygen.


We remain dedicated to providing quality care, will incorporate our findings from the Root Cause Analysis, and remain committed to operational excellence.