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Congress 2015 Speaker in the Spotlight

Tuesday, March 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
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This week’s Speaker in the Spotlight:
Christina Hunt, MSN, MBA, HCM, RN, CPPS

Ms. Hunt is the director of Collaborative Programs for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. She works with facilities in Pennsylvania to improve patient safety and quality through collaborative efforts. Her clinical experience and roles include medical-surgical nursing, intensive care unit, cardiac catheterization lab, medication reconciliation coordinator, and clinical performance improvement coordinator. She has served in a mentor hospital for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on medication reconciliation and presented on the topic. Some organizations Christina has presented for include the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania Association for Healthcare Quality, Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.


Ms. Hunt is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and a returning member of the NPSF Congress faculty. We asked her a few questions about Congress and what patient safety means to her.


Is this your first time speaking at NPSF’s Annual Congress?

I was a supplemental speaker a few years ago when I spoke on TeamSTEPPS to assist some colleagues.


What is your favorite thing about Congress?

I think the excitement about patient safety is infectious at the Congress.  This gives everyone a great feeling when they return to their organizations and people become energized hearing about the work being done in patient safety. 


What are you most looking forward to at Congress?

I really enjoy the networking and learning from the breakout sessions. There are so many organizations working hard to improve patient safety, and hearing about that is exciting!


What does patient safety mean to you?

To me, patient safety means that we keep our patients safe by improving our health care delivery systems, engaging patients and families, learning from one another, and learning from historical events and near miss events. 


You can find Christina and her colleague Michelle in the Advancing Safety Science Track, Session 506, from 11am-12pm on Friday during Congress. For a full description of their session please see below. To register for the NPSF Congress, click here.To view details about other breakout sessions, click here.


Session 506: Collaborating to Reduce Falls with Harm   

Michelle Feil, MSN, RN, CPPS, Senior Patient Safety Analyst, Patient Safety Authority

Christina Hunt, MSN, MBA, HCM, RN, CPPS, Director of Collaborative Programs, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority


In 2012 the Authority partnered with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and 79 hospitals across the state as part of the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Falls Reduction and Prevention Collaboration aimed at reducing falls with harm. Between 2012 and 2014, collaboration members successfully reduced falls with harm and increased implementation of most falls prevention best practices.


Collaboration members were provided education on falls related topics and quality improvement processes. Regional meetings and coaching calls provided means for hospitals to share and learn from one another. Lastly, tools created for the collaboration (e.g. self-assessment survey, audit tool) provided hospitals the opportunity to assess and audit their current falls prevention program and were vital to the success of this collaboration.


Upon completing this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how a large collaboration can be modeled to target improvement in a specific healthcare associated condition, such as falls and falls with injury.
  • Evaluate the successes, challenges and barriers with falls prevention in the PA-HEN Falls Collaboration.
  • Identify and demonstrate tools that were used during the collaboration to the audience.

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