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Dan Degnan, PharmD, MS, CPPS


Dr. Degnan is senior project manager at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement and holds a courtesy appointment at the college as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Prior to his role at Purdue, Dr. Degnan served as the medication safety officer at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN, for almost 10 years. He has held state and national leadership positions with professional pharmacy and health care quality organizations. His professional interests include: pharmacy technology, medication safety, the establishment of a “culture of safety” in pharmacy, and leadership development. He lectures frequently on the role pharmacists have as leaders in medication safety and safe medication practices.


Karen Frush, BSN, MD, CPPS


Dr. Frush is chief patient safety officer of the Duke University Health System, and professor of pediatrics and clinical professor of nursing in the Duke University School of Medicine. In January 2014 she was named vice president of quality for LifePoint Hospitals. Dr. Frush graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and attended Duke University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatric emergency medicine and served as medical director of Duke’s Pediatric Emergency Services, then chief medical officer of Duke’s Children’s Services. She completed the AHA‐NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship program and was named chief patient safety officer at Duke in 2004.




Karen Garvey serves as the vice president for safety & clinical risk management for Parkland Health & Hospital System. Her responsibilities include oversight of the departments of Infection Prevention, Environmental Safety in addition to Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management. Prior to joining Parkland in June of 2104, Karen served as the enterprise senior director for Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety programs for the Cleveland Clinic’s foreign and domestic facilities.

Karen is also active in the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers (ASHRM), where she has served as national teaching faculty for the CPRHM certification class, the Healthcare Risk Management Essentials Module, formerly the Patient Safety I class. She is the ASHRM liaison to Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), a nonprofit group that works to structure health care programs to support clinicians involved in untoward patient events. Karen has also worked on some of the ASHRM Pearls and CPHRM Study Guide publications and currently serves as the Practice Committee chairperson. Karen is active teaching faculty for the National Patient Safety Foundation and is an HRET Patient Safety Leadership Fellow (2008).


Erin Graydon‐Baker, MS, RRT, CPPS 


Ms. Graydon‐Baker is the patient safety officer and director of risk management at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. She is a registered respiratory therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She began her career in patient safety in 1999 as the education director for the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston. After three years teaching medical personnel about medical errors at the simulation center, she became director for Patient Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then program director for Patient Safety across the Partners HealthCare System. She earned her respiratory therapy degree from Northeastern University and her graduate degree in training and human resource development from Lesley University.  


John B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS


John B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS is the Associate Director at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA); he also has a courtesy appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.  Dr. Hertig received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Purdue University. He completed a combined PGY1/PGY2 Masters in Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH, while also obtaining a Masters degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Hertig has lead multiple state-wide medication safety initiatives with Indiana hospitals, worked closely with health professionals as a member of various patient safety coalitions, advised various national and international organizations on patient safety related health policy, and has expanded didactic and experiential training opportunities in medication safety, leadership, and management.  Dr. Hertig has published on a variety of topics, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  Dr. Hertig received the Glen J. Sperandio award in 2014, honoring the Indiana Health-System Pharmacist of the year, and the “Excellence in Innovation” Award, from the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and Upsher-Smith Laboratories in 2015.    


Regina Hoffman, RN, BSN, MBA, CPPS 


Mrs. Hoffman is the director of the Patient Safety Liaison Program at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. She is responsible for development and oversight of patient safety education and consultation on a statewide basis. She is a registered nurse and has held several leadership positions throughout her career. Prior to joining the Authority, she worked at Schuylkill Health System as the administrative director of quality and patient safety officer. Mrs. Hoffman is a graduate of the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing and earned both her BSN and MBA from Western Governors University. She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.


Mark P. Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS

As chief quality officer for Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), Dr. Jarrett is responsible for system-wide initiatives in quality and safety. He previously served as chief medical officer and DIO at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Prior to that appointment, Dr. Jarrett was director of rheumatology at SIUH from 1982 until 1999. Dr. Jarrett is professor of medicine at the Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine (formerly Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine). He has extensive research experience, and has been published on the subject of the immune response in systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Jarrett is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology, and geriatrics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, and past president of the Richmond County Medical Society. Dr. Jarrett earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and a fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Jarrett also holds an MBA from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY.


Donna Jenkins, RN, MS, CPPS 


Ms. Jenkins is patient safety staff specialist at the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has held positions as a nursing director, clinical nurse specialist, and educator, in both academic medical centers and community hospitals. She received her master’s degree in adult acute and critical care nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety, and is a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.


Judy Milne, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS 


Ms. Milne is the patient safety officer for Duke University Medical Center, the 1,000-bed tertiary and quaternary care hospital of the Duke University Health System. She is responsible for administering and facilitating the ongoing Patient Safety Program and initiatives that foster safe patient care at DUMC. She has participated in the development of patient safety policy, methods, and responses for almost 20 years, as the regulatory and accreditation systems in the US have advanced the focus on patient safety. She received her BSN from McGill University and her master’s in nursing administration and certificate in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business and Finance. She is certified in health care quality and patient safety.


Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPPS

Dr. Kenneth Rothfield is the system vice president and chief medical officer at Ascension Health’s St. Vincent's Healthcare in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical degree from the University of Rochester, and MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He completed his training in anesthesiology, as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and research, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rothfield serves on Ascension Health’s High Reliability Steering Committee, and is nationally recognized for his work in patient safety, including emergency airway management, opioid safety, and respiratory monitoring. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication, and in that capacity serves as a physician leader, lecturer, and trainer in disclosure resolution after unanticipated medical outcomes.


Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS


Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 and presently serves as Director, National Risk Management & Patient Safety in the national Program Offices.  Dot’s service in Kaiser Permanente spans a variety of areas including research, quality, utilization, pharmacy operations, resource stewardship, patient safety, and risk management.  Most recently, Dot has worked with all Kaiser Permanente regions to improve patient safety as the KP electronic health record (KP HealthConnect®) was implemented, and currently works with the regions to implement a variety of patient safety initiatives.  Dot completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and became a Certified Professional in Patient Safety in 2012.  







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