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AHA and NPSF Select 2011–12 Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellows

Tuesday, July 12, 2011   (0 Comments)
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CHICAGO – July 12, 2011 – Nearly 30 clinical and administrative leaders, including two individuals from outside the United States, have been selected to participate in the 10th class of the AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship. The Fellowship is an intensive, yearlong professional development program for senior practitioners looking to increase their capacity to lead patient safety improvement initiatives and accelerate positive change in their organizations. The program is one of the nation’s foremost leadership development programs in patient safety.


“The accelerating pace of delivery system transformation for greater quality and efficiency makes a focus on patient safety improvement absolutely paramount for providers,” said Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH, president of the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) and senior vice president of research for the American Hospital Association (AHA). “This redesigned fellowship gives health care leaders the tools, the experience and the network they need to lead patient safety improvement initiatives in their organizations and be at the forefront in the rapidly changing environment.”

“The Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for health care leaders who are committed to the delivery of safe, high-quality care,” said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, president, National Patient Safety Foundation. “The program provides the fellows with deep knowledge of the patient safety discipline and its associated science, competencies and leadership imperatives. The experience is rich, as are the relationships and networks that fellows develop in the process.”

In the course of one year, fellows participate in a series of learning retreats and webinars, and they design and implement an Action Learning Project with the goal of improving processes and spreading evidence-based safety practices that lead to better outcomes and performance within their organizations.
The fellowship activities for this new class begin this month and continue through May 2012.

Among the Action Learning Projects planned by the 2011–2012 fellows are:

    • A fellow from a large academic medical center in the Midwest will be developing a comprehensive and optimized approach to medication reconciliation.
    • A fellow at a community hospital in the East will be redeveloping the hospital’s peer review process in order to foster a culture of safety among the medical staff.
    • A team of fellows at a health system in the Pacific Northwest will focus on decreasing unnecessary repeat radiology examinations by improving physicians’ access to examinations done outside the organization.
    • Working with a local university, a fellow at a small rural hospital in the Northeast is designing and deploying a new process for reporting and analyzing safety incidents.
    • A fellow at a large health system will be developing a systemwide patient safety scorecard to enable leaders to track and analyze data from a variety of sources and help identify appropriate strategies for improvement.

The AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship is sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the National Patient Safety Foundation, in partnership with the Health Research & Educational Trust, Health Forum, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

For more information or to nominate a colleague for future programs, contact the fellowship office at (312) 422-2933. Or visit for additional details.


About AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 38,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.


American Hospital Association/National Patient Safety Foundation Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship 2011—2012 Class


Helga Brake, PharmD, CPHQ
Patient Safety Leader
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL
Daniel Brancato, BS RT(T)
Radiation Oncology Supervisor
The Valley Health System
Paramus, NJ
Pamela Bristol, RN, CNM
Regional Director of Quality
Center for Healthcare Improvement
Springfield, OR

Sorin J. Brull, MD, FCARCSI (Hon)
Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL
Chris Clarke, RN
Sr. Vice President, Clinical Services and
Tennessee Center for Patient Safety
Tennessee Hospital Association
Nashville, TN

Margaret Cousart, RN
Patient Safety Director
Tift Regional Medical Center
Tifton, GA

Audwin Garcia, MD
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, MI

William Gibson, MD
General Surgeon
Premier Surgical Associates
Knoxville, TN

Kenneth Grubbs, MBA, RN
Assistant Vice President, Programs
National Patient Safety Foundation
Boston, MA

Andrea Halliday, MD
Patient Safety Officer
Springfield, OR

Karen Hemeon, RN, MN
Manager, Interventional Radiology
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Adele Hodlin, RN, MS, CPHQ
Assistant Vice President for Quality and
Adirondack Medical Center
Saranac Lake, NY

Ivan Hsia, MD
Consultant Anesthesiologist
Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital
Windsor, Ontario Canada

Wanda Hughes, RN, MSN, PhD
Director, Quality and Patient Safety
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge, LA

Jennifer Kadis, MSN, RN, CPAN
Program Director, Crew Resource
Management Memorial Healthcare System
Hollywood, FL

Robert Kenney, MD
Nephrologist; Medical Director of
Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Dawna Kramer, MD
Director of Quality in Radiology
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Barbara Martin, RN, MBA, CCRN
Quality Consultant
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Diane Mulholland, RN, MS
Director of Medical and Surgical Services,
Neurophysiology and Stroke Center
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford, CT

Kathleen Pfleghaar, MD
Staff Perinatologist
Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Minneapolis, MN

Barbara Olson, MS, RN
Director, Patient Safety, Clinical Services
Group HCA
Nashville, TN

Mitchell Rubinstein, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs
The Valley Hospital
Ridgewood, NJ

Wesley Self, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

David Shapiro, MD
Associate Director, Trauma and Critical
Care Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford, CT

Michelle Smith, PharmD
Director, Clinical Quality Improvement
Hospital Sisters Health System
Springfield, IL

Carrie Tuskey, MHA
Director, Patient Safety and Risk
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, MI

Robert Vautrain, MD, MS
Vice President, Chief Quality Officer
Hospital Sisters Health System
Springfield, IL

John Weigelt, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran
Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Shorouq Zakariya, MHRM
Risk Management Specialist
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
Quality Management Department
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


For more information contact:

Matt Fenwick
American Hospital Association

Patricia McTiernan
NPSF (617)391-9922

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