Ritter signs measure to protect patient safety

Alan Gathright, Rocky Mountain News, March 29, 2007 Gov. Bill Ritter took action to make patient safety a top priority today by signing the Health Care Worker Whistle-Blower Protection Bill and an executive order creating the Nurse Workforce and Patient Care Task Force. After years of fierce battles between hospitals and staff over nurse-to-patient ratios, Ritter praised all sides for "sitting down and hammering out differences" to find common ground on patient care. "The common ground here: Providing the best possible health care and consumer information to the people of Colorado, while also protecting the interests of our health care workers and our hospitals," Ritter said at a Capitol signing ceremony to the cheers and whistles of health-care workers. ... Ritter