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Keeping Quality and Safety Front and Center

Tuesday, April 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Alpert
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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is pleased to announce a special educational program planned in collaboration with the Society of Physician Quality Officers (SPQO). Keeping Quality and Safety Front and Center—Managing Your Influence in the Right Direction, will be held in Orlando, Fla., on May 14, 2014, in advance of the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, May 15-16.

NPSF has served as a central voice for patient safety since 1997. SPQO was created in 2010 to advance patient safety and clinical quality improvement through a community of physicians with specialized expertise that allows for shared learning and advocacy. This is the first collaboration for the two not-for-profit organizations.

“We recognize that health care organizations may face significant challenges in maintaining their commitment to quality and safety while also dealing with requirements to reduce the costs of care,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president of NPSF. “Yet having a robust patient safety and quality program makes fiscal good sense for organizations, and that’s one of the ideas that will be discussed in this program.”

Susan Abookire, MD, MPH, FACP, president, SPQO, and senior vice president and system chief quality and patient safety officer, Houston Methodist Health Care, is one of the co-chairs of the program. “The health care environment is changing rapidly,” she said. “This interactive program will include speakers who can offer first-hand experience of decreasing costs while improving safety.”

The program will also address how leaders in safety, risk management, quality improvement, and pharmacy practice can use their influence to institute and strengthen quality and safety programs. Andrew Knight, PhD, assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Olin School of Business, Washington University of St. Louis, will open the program with a keynote address on the topic of “Using Influence to Make a Difference.” Dr. Knight has conducted extensive research on issues of leadership, communication, and collaboration in the health care field.

This full-day program is one of several Pre-Congress sessions being offered on May 14. Participants may register for this program only, or for the full NPSF Congress, May 14-16, 2014. Further information about this program, including a complete list of faculty and continuing education details, are available at Details and registration information for the NPSF Congress are available at

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About the Society of Physician Quality Officers

SPQO seeks to advance patient safety and clinical quality improvement by creating a physician community with specialized expertise that allows for shared learning and advocacy within this domain. Learn more at

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