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  The organizations listed below have endorsed the content of the report Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human. Additional endorsements are pending. Organizations interested in endorsing this report should contact info@npsf.orgPage updated November 3, 2016
    The 374th Medical Group, Yokota AB, Japan
”Best Medical Care in the Pacific” Professional healthcare, Any Time… Every Time. The 374 Medical Group ensures medical readiness of 374th Airlift Wing, 5th Air Force, and U.S. Forces Japan. Maintains 64 war reserve material projects, including the U.S. Air Force's largest Patient Movement Item inventory. Deploys Expeditionary Medical Support for global contingency operations. Operates a 15-bed facility expandable to 115 beds. Provides health care, including occupational health, preventive medicine, and environmental protection, to more than 11,000 personnel. 
    Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
AQIPS is the nation’s leading professional association for Patient Safety Organizations and their healthcare provider members that leads efforts to measurably improve patient safety and the quality of patient care by fostering the ability of providers to implement a culture of safety and high reliability. 

American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy’s more than 2,400 fellows are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and the promotion of the health of the public through evidence-based health policies.


American Association for Physician Leadership

The American Association for Physician Leadership® is the oldest and largest professional organization solely dedicated to providing leadership education and management training for the physician workforce. Since its founding in 1975 as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the primary focus of the association has been to provide superior education and training for physicians of all types and encourage them to assume more active roles within leadership and management opportunities of the global health care industry.

    American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 225 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.4 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

    Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) vision is that “no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia.” Our mission is to improve continually the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting (1) safety research and education, (2) patient safety campaigns, and (3) national and international exchange of information and ideas.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing evidence-based research, education, standards, and practice resources—including Guidelines for Perioperative Practice—to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.



Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services, and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, 70 pharmacies, and 30,000 amazing caregivers.

    Baptist Easley Hospital
For more than 50 years, Baptist Easley Hospital has provided compassionate care for generations of Upstate families. Baptist Easley, operating independently, is a unique partnership between Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System. For the second year, Baptist Easley received the Zero Harm Award for elimination of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The hospital has also been designated a Safe Surgery 2015 Hospital on the successful implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist.
    Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. 

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital's mission is to provide the highest quality health care, be the leading source of research and discovery, educate the next generation of leaders in child health, and enhance the health and well-being of the children and families in our local community. Safety for patients and families is an enterprise-wide priority.

    Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health
Our mission is to serve our communities by providing exceptional care, as we prevent illness, restore health, and provide comfort to all who entrust us with their care.  
    Canadian Patient Safety Institute
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not for profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety. Funded by Health Canada, CPSI reflects the desire to close the gap between the health care we have and the health care we deserve. 
    Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
At Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC, we "care for our own, right here at home." The facilities on our campus include a 116-bed acute care hospital and an adjoining medical office building. From routine checkups to complex, state of the art surgery, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is the healthcare provider of choice in our service area, which includes the counties of Darlington, Chesterfield, Lee. and Marlboro. This hospital is partially owned by physicians.
    The Center for Medical Simulation
The Center for Medical Simulation envisions a world in which education and training of healthcare professionals via experiential learning never puts a patient at risk. CMS is one of the world’s first and leading organizations using simulation to improve safety, quality, and education of healthcare. 

Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS)

The SPS mission: Working together to eliminate serious harm across all children’s hospitals. SPS is a network of 90+ Children’s Hospitals working together to help each individual hospital make progress on a journey to zero harm: so that every child receives safe care every time they enter our hospitals.


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit academic medical center established in 1883, is one of the oldest and most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the United States. At Cincinnati Children’s, we believe that keeping our patients and employees safe is a precondition for everything we do. Safety is central to delivering the best-in-class outcomes we are committed to and is a fundamental right of the parents who bring their children to us for care.


Citizens for Patient Safety

Citizens for Patient Safety was created to increase engagement between patients/families and providers for better healthcare outcomes. Educational workshops for both consumers and healthcare professionals opens the dialogue and the minds of both to be able to embrace each other's importance in the relationship.

    The Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement
The Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to a better way of handling patient harm from medical care, Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs). Our goal is to promote the widespread utilization of CRPs by clinicians, health care organizations, and professional liability insurers. 
  Collaborative Latin America Forum in Quality and Patient Safety (CICSP)
We aim to develop a space for institutional collaboration in order to increase initiatives related to quality and patient safety in the Latin America region, to spread information about these issues while promoting patient and social participation, and to devise strategies for improving patient safety and quality of care during a patient’s hospitalization. 
    College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,800 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve.
    Corizon Health
Corizon Health’s Mission is to deliver safe, effective, and efficient health care services by using best practices and evidence-based medicine. We put safety first in all that we do as evidenced in our CorizonSMART® values of Safety, Motivation, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork. 


A community-based, not-for-profit health system, CoxHealth is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. It is recognized as a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital, and is nationally accredited by DNV GL - Healthcare. Established in 1906, the organization serves more than 900,000 people in a 24-county service area in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, offering a comprehensive array of primary and specialty care including five hospitals and more than 80 clinics in 25 communities.


Danish Society for Patient Safety

The Danish Society for Patient Safety is a non-profit organization working to ensure that patient safety is an aspect of all decisions made in Danish healthcare. Established in 2001 we have pioneered patient safety and healthcare quality, not only in Denmark but internationally as well. 


Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

EMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine. EMHS partners with individuals and communities to improve health and well-being by providing high-quality, cost-effective services. 

    Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation
The Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing patient safety in emergency care through education, research, collaboration, and training. 
    Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services, based in Minneapolis, is a nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional health care across the full spectrum of health care services. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, our 22,000-plus employees and 2,500 employed and aligned physicians embrace innovation and new thinking to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery, and education. 

Franciscan Alliance

Franciscan Alliance is one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the Midwest with 14 hospitals throughout Indiana and Illinois. Franciscan Alliance serves a geographic area with a population of 3.7 million people, provides care for more than 2.9 million outpatient visits, and completes more than 100,000 inpatient discharges every year.

    Hampton Regional Medical Center
Compassion, Commitment and Excellence. Every Person, Every Time: This is the mission statement of Hampton Regional Medical Center, a statement which reflects the core values of a hospital that has been taking care of families since 1950. Hampton Regional has provided services to those both local and throughout the Lowcountry for over a half century and has been a constant advocate of technological advancement and the aggressive expansion of high quality medical services.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

    Hospital Quality Institute
The Hospital Quality Institute’s mission is to advance and accelerate patient safety and quality improvement for coordinated statewide impact, with aims to achieve zero defects, optimize clinical effectiveness, and enhance patient and family experience in health care.  
    Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working to advance evidence-based shared decision making (SDM) since 1989. As the research and advocacy arm of Healthwise, the Foundation demonstrates the value of evidence-based information in helping people make better health decisions, and promotes patient engagement and SDM through advocacy initiatives both in the U.S. and beyond. The Foundation is rooted in the belief that the only way to ensure high-quality health care decisions is for a fully informed patient to participate in the decision-making process.

Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)

IECS is an independent academic institution devoted for more than a decade to research, education, and technical cooperation in health care in Argentina. The vision of our Quality of Healthcare and Patient Safety department is to create a high-quality care model that is also efficient, safe, on-time, accessible, effective, and patient-centered.


Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. An independent not-for-profit organization, IHI partners with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, IHI is the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better.


Institute for Safe Medication Practices

ISMP is the nation's only nonprofit organization solely focused on preventing medication errors. Some of the many vital services ISMP provides are the only voluntary national error reporting program, a newsletter with real-time error information read and trusted by U.S. hospitals, and many free tools and safety guidelines.


John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation

The Stoeckle Center was established at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2000 to address the mounting challenges in primary care and to preserve and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship as the cornerstone of primary care. With a mission to revitalize and redesign primary care locally, regionally, and nationally, the Stoeckle Center’s work focuses on innovation, education, and research. It serves as a reliable and trustworthy source of knowledge and leadership, and collaborates with numerous groups and organizations to improve primary care for patients and professionals.

    Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors is a public-private partnership whose mission is to improve patient safety and eliminate medical errors in Massachusetts, and achieves this through promoting a systems-oriented approach to improving patient safety, identifying the causes of medical errors, and developing and supporting implementation of strategies for prevention. The Coalition's membership includes consumer organizations, state agencies, hospitals, professional associations for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, long-term care, as well as health plans, employers, policymakers, and researchers. 
    Medical University of South Carolina
The vision of quality at the Medical University of South Carolina is, through influence and leadership, to inspire the MUSC community to believe and achieve the highest value care.

Memorial Hermann Health System

The largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, Memorial Hermann has 13 hospitals and numerous specialty programs. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is the nation's busiest Level I trauma center and the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. In its nine-year journey to become a High Reliability Organization, Memorial Hermann has embraced all eight of the major recommendations set forth in the NPSF report Free from Harm


MHA Keystone Center

The MHA Keystone Center holds a vision of healthcare that is safe, effective, efficient, patient-centric, timely, and equitable. It is our mission to lead the nation in quality and patient safety through the diffusion of change using patient-centered, evidence-based interventions supported by cultural improvement.

      Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety
Founded in 2000, the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS), is a not-for-profit coalition whose vision is “Safe Care Everywhere.” As the most broadly based health care coalition in the state — with over 100 member organizations and representation from the entire continuum of health care providers, state agencies, regulatory boards, and active consumers — MAPS has a strong base from which to launch collaborative efforts aimed at engaging patients, providers and the community.
    National Association for Healthcare Quality
NAHQ offers the only certification in healthcare quality – the CPHQ – and more than 9,000 healthcare professionals hold this designation. These professionals are universally recognized as qualified in their work and advance the profession of healthcare quality by contributing to our growing body of knowledge. NAHQ offers CPHQ certification, the industry-elevating Q-Essential Competences for advanced and master practitioners in healthcare quality, and a quality fundamentals program for professionals new to the field. 
    National Partnership for Women & Families
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. For four decades, we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families.  

NHS Improvement

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care in England. We offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.

    Oregon Patient Safety Commission
The Oregon Patient Safety Commission is a semi-independent state agency charged by the Oregon Legislature with reducing the risk of serious adverse events occurring in Oregon’s healthcare system and encouraging a culture of patient safety. An independent voice for patient safety since 2003, OPSC partners with the healthcare community, key stakeholders, and patients and families to promote best practices and encourage transparency and shared learning to prevent harm. 
    Pacific Business Group on Health
PBGH is a non-profit business coalition focused on improving the quality and affordability of health care. The group represents 60 large health care purchaser members with more than 10 million employees, retirees, and dependents in California.
    Society of Hospital Medicine
Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern health care, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 52,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy, and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists can contribute to decreased patient lengths of stay, reductions in hospital costs and readmission rates, and increased patient satisfaction.
    Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) envisions a world where diagnosis is accurate, timely, efficient, and SAFE. We are the only organization focused on improving the diagnostic process and reducing harm from diagnostic error.
    Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s mission and vision is to provide excellence in health and become a national leader in healthcare quality. We are firmly committed to the health and safety of our patients and providers. 

The Task Force for Global Health

The Task Force for Global Health mobilizes partnerships to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Its programs and projects currently reach an estimated 495 million people in 135 countries. Founded in 1984 by global health pioneer Bill Foege, The Task Force works to end diseases that strike people living in extreme poverty including blinding trachoma, river blindness, intestinal worms, polio, and cholera. The Task Force is affiliated with Emory University, headquartered in Decatur, Georgia, and has offices in Guatemala and Ethiopia. The Task Force is the fourth largest nonprofit organization in the United States and the largest in Georgia.

      Tennessee Hospital Association
The Tennessee Hospital Association was established in 1938 as a not-for-profit membership association, to serve as an advocate for hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. THA promotes and represents the interests of all Tennessee hospitals and health systems. Tthe Association’s quality and patient safety work focuses on the goal “zero preventable harm” supports hospital efforts to reduce and eliminate hospital acquired conditions and infections. The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety leads this work for the Association. 
    Tidelands Health
Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties in South Carolina. With three hospitals and more than 40 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.
    Trident Health
Trident Health is a 407-bed HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals - Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center - as well as two free-standing emergency departments: Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health as one of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the fifth year in a row. 
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
VUMC's pursuit of a culture that exemplifies our credo with an emphasis on safety and respect for both patients and team members ensures that VUMC delivers safe, patient centered, effective, efficient, timely, and equitable care. VUMC team members relentlessly pursue high reliability through eliminating defects and conditions that harm patients and team members, measuring ourselves against the highest national performers, defining quality outcomes from the patients and communities perspective, and continually striving to eliminate waste. This commitment has made VUMC a leader in delivering and defining exemplary healthcare, improving the lives of individuals and communities regionally, nationally, and internationally. 
    Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a nonprofit health system covering a twenty-nine county region in eastern North Carolina. In 2009, Vidant Health’s board set a goal to achieve zero events of preventable patient harm. Since that time, the health system has realized significant reductions in patient harm across the board and remains dedicated to achieving that goal with patients and families as partners in the work.  
    Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason’s vision is to be the Quality Leader and transform health care. Founded in 1920, Virginia Mason is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest and is internationally known for delivering high-quality, safe care while providing an outstanding patient experience at lower costs.  


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