Fall Hazard Risk Assessments for Bon Secours Mercy Health


Created by the merger of Maryland-based Bon Secours and Cincinnati-based Mercy Health in 2018, Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) is the fifth largest Catholic health care ministry and one of the nation’s 20 largest healthcare systems. It boasts 50 hospitals, more than 1,000 points of care and over 60,000 employees across seven states and two countries.

To increase the safety of its rooftop maintenance workers, Mercy Health tapped LJB to perform fall hazard risk assessments of its sites beginning in 2014. Post-merger, LJB began assessing Bon Secours sites for fall hazards as well.

After identifying nearly 1,840 fall hazards at 45 BSMH facilities throughout the U.S., LJB worked with the healthcare leader to create a four-year strategy to address them. Using LJB’s programmatic approach, BSMH is completing annual budgeted line items from 2020 to 2023 that enable the company to mitigate 80% of the fall risk by addressing the top 10% of the fall hazards. By addressing just 18 hazards in 2020, BSMH will mitigate 41% of the risk.

In a June 2020 article in Modern Healthcare magazine, Steven Bodily, chief operating officer of supply chain at BSMH, commended LJB’s risk assessment methodology for transforming an overwhelming list of hazards into a manageable plan.

Bon Secours Mercy Health

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