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150 Experts Coming Together in May to Focus on Patient Safety

Friday, April 8, 2005   (0 Comments)
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April 8, 2005 -- On May 4-6 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, 150 experts are convening to share initiatives and proven programs that are reducing medical errors and improving patient safety, particularly in those “high impact” areas of medical care where there is the potential for individual harm. During the 7th Annual National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient Safety Congress, national and international health experts, as well as patient, family, and consumer representatives, will be sharing their expertise and experiences in making critical improvements that save lives and reduce harm to patients.

Let’s Get On With It: Round Two is the only national meeting on patient safety that actively engages everyone in working to resolve the issues --- patients and families, consumers, health care providers, administrators, employers, and physicians. Through more than 80 different sessions, participants learn about best practices, practical application of lessons learned, and tangible approaches to improving patient safety; the goal is for participants to leave the Congress ready to implement solutions.

Four plenary sessions conducted on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 offer distinguished faculty (NOTE: Contact Patty Montone Charvat if you are interested in interviewing any of these faculty members) who will focus on:

Making patient safety a reality and overcoming “excuses” for it not happening. Expert panelists include: Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA, Executive Director, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Charles Denham, MD, Chairman, Texas Medical Institute, Austin, TX; James Bagian, MD, PE, Director, Veteran Health Administration, VA National Center for Patient Safety, Ann Arbor, MI; Jennifer Daley, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Office of Clinical Quality, Tenet Health Care, Dallas, TX; Lillee Gelinas, RN, MSN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, VHA, Inc., Irving, TX; Dennis O’Leary, MD, President, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; Sue Sheridan, MIM, MBS, Co-Founder and Vice President, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, Eagle, ID; and Robert Wachter, MD, Professor and Chief of Medical Services, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA


Key trends and future directions in patient safety, conducted in an interactive town hall format. Distinguished panelists include: Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; James Conway, MBA, MSC, CHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; David Lawrence, MD, Retired Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Oakland, CA; and Lucian Leape, MD, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.


Understanding the link between literacy and health outcomes using examples that show the link between low literacy and patient safety. Experts include: Josie Williams, MD, MMM, Director, Rural and Community Health Institute: Quality of Patient Safety Initiatives Assistant Professor of Internal and Family Medicine, A & M System Health Science Center, College Station, TX; Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC; Toni Cordell, Literacy Advocate, Charlotte, NC; and Archie Willard, Literacy Advocate, New Readers of Iowa, Iowa Health System, Eagle Grove, IA.


Lessons for Health Care from Apartheid to Post-Apartheid South Africa Leadership led by Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a South African national, who is Chair of Circle of Capital Ventures, a Cape Town-based company focused on growing companies and investing and people. Dr. Ramphele is also former Managing Director of the World Bank where she was responsible for managing the institution’s human development activities education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection.

In addition, the session Error Proofing Healthcare to Improve Patient Safety Using Crew Resource Management will be led by former astronauts F. Andrew Gaffney, MD, and Rhea Seddon, MD.

A series of concurrent sessions look at the many elements of patient safety including:

  • Case studies on what’s working from health care providers across the nation
  • Incentives for enhancing patient safety, including financial incentives now known as “pay for performance”
  • Improving communication with patients and their families
  • Consumer-friendly information and education
  • Initiatives in primary care, outpatient care, ambulatory services, intensive care, and surgery
  • Safety initiatives geared for specific populations including the elderly, children, those with chronic diseases, and rural populations
  • Culture changes and leadership necessary for improving patient safety
  • Key research impacting the future of patient safety initiatives
  • The use of technology, including the application of electronic health records
  • The important role of staffing


A matrix available at offers a glimpse of the topical areas and related sessions as well as the date and time and faculty members for each session.
If you are interested in more information about the 7th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, attending the Congress, or interviews with the distinguished faculty of experts, please contact Patty Charvat at 978-318-9375, 978-273-7764 (cell), or

Editor’s Note: The National Patient Safety Foundation, formed in 1997, is dedicated to improving the safety of patients through efforts to: identify and create a core body of knowledge; identify pathways to apply the knowledge; develop and enhance the culture of receptivity to patient safety; raise public awareness and foster communications about patient safety; and improve the status of the Foundation and its ability to meet its goals. NPSF can make a long term, measurable difference by serving as a central voice, and NPSF will lead the transition from a culture of blame to a culture of safety.

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