The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has a tiered governance structure designed to allow the organization the ability to address the needs of the patient and improve patient safety in the delivery of health care.
The members of the Board of Directors, which is currently chaired by Gerald B. Hickson, MD, provide strategic and operational oversight and are vested with the Foundation’s fiduciary responsibility.
The larger Board of Governors, currently chaired by Saul Weingart, MD, PhD, focuses on program direction in keeping with the Foundation’s mission.
Scope and Duties of the Board of Governors
- The Board of Governors will serve in an advisory capacity to both the Board of Directors and the Foundation as a whole and will have no fiduciary or formal management responsibilities within the organization.
- The Board of Governors will serve to promote and enhance the work of NPSF. It will do so by engaging key individuals in the work of the Foundation and by providing selective expertise as required.
- The Board of Governors membership will represent the diversity of stakeholders and parties interested in the mission of NPSF, including: professionals in the many disciplines committed to the patient safety agenda; leaders from companion organizations with patient safety as an element of their missions; and members of the public who bring skills, interests, prestige and prominence to the patient safety agenda. Number of members will be flexible to allow for full stakeholder representation and appropriate opportunity for interested parties.
- The Board of Governors will serve to broaden the range and scope of individuals with a deep knowledge of the Foundation’s work and purpose. In so doing, it is expected that members will be willing to publicly represent the Foundation, open up new avenues and opportunities for involvement and activities, and participate in philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the organization.
- The Board of Governors will serve as an option for continued meaningful involvement of those whose tenure on the Board of Directors has concluded, as well as a place for those who may potentially serve on the Board of Directors in the future to begin their work with NPSF. This body will also provide meaningful involvement for key individuals who are unable to serve in other roles because of time or other constraints.
- Selection to the Board of Governors will be based on an individual’s ability to further the mission and purpose of NPSF and requires a commitment to participate in and support the activities of the organization.
- The Chair of the Board of Governors, appointed by the Board of Directors through the Nominating Committee process, will hold an Ex-Officio position on the Board of Directors, ensuring coordination, synergy, and the optimization of strategic initiatives.
- With occasional exception, Members of the Board of Governors will fund their own travel expenses to meetings; however there may be funding for strategic activities that further NPSF purposes.
- It is anticipated that members of the Board of Governors will be available to serve on Committees and Councils and be superb resources for special projects, etc. In addition, it is expected that these members will facilitate the identification of others who share the Foundation’s common purpose and have the potential and interest to become involved on Boards, Committees or Councils.