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NPSF Changes Governance Structure to Broaden Representation

Tuesday, December 13, 2005   (0 Comments)
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Applications Being Accepted for New Board of Governors

December 13, 2005, North Adams, MA — The Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) recently approved a restructuring of the organization’s governing bodies to broaden the representation and input of all stakeholders committed to enhancing patient safety.

“For close to a decade NPSF has been the ‘conscience’ of the patient safety movement, successfully bringing all stakeholders together,” said Paul A. Gluck, M.D., Chair of the NPSF Board of Directors. “We are pleased to be celebrating our ten year anniversary with an expansion of stakeholder representation, marking a new chapter in the evolution of the Foundation.”

The governance structure for NPSF is being redesigned to include a new Board of Governors which will provide expertise and assistance in focusing key programs and initiatives to meet the NPSF mission. This new Board of Governors is designed as the vehicle for engaging a broad and diverse group of individuals and stakeholders interested in patient safety. It is anticipated that this group will meet twice a year.

NPSF continues to be managed by a Board of Directors and officers but the overall size of the Board of Directors is now reduced to include 12-15 individuals who are responsible for operational oversight, organizational efficiency and financial health, policy and strategic direction. The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who represent a wide range of public interest in patient safety including patient representatives, healthcare providers, experts in patient safety, and specialists in public health. A listing of the 2006 officers for NPSF is attached to this release.

The NPSF Distinguished Advisors, a body of experts and recognized leaders in patient safety who are supportive of the NPSF mission and are appointed by the Board of Directors, also continues as part of the new governance structure.

“This is a planned and exciting restructuring of our Board to allow continued and expanded broad representation from all stakeholders via the new Board of Governors,” said Dr. Gluck. “Our reconstituted Board of Directors can now strengthen its role in terms of our operational and tactical efficiency.”

Individuals interested in being considered for the Board of Governors can complete an application form located at For consideration, applications must be submitted to NPSF no later than January 28, 2006.

Editor’s Note: The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors by funding research and raising awareness with hospitals, healthcare systems, doctors, and nurses and the patients and families they serve. The organization was founded in 1996 and incorporated in 1997 by the American Medical Association, CNA HealthPro, and 3M, with significant support from the Schering-Plough Corporation.

2006 Officers for NPSF Board of Directors

Immediate Past Chair
Timothy T. Flaherty, MD
Neenah, Wisconsin

Paul A. Gluck, MD
Miami, Florida

Vice Chair
Pamela Austin Thompson, MS, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Washington, D.C.

William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE
President and CEO
Medical Group Management Association
Englewood, Colorado

Timothy R. Morse, CPCU
Senior Vice President
Chicago, Illinois

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