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Since the Certified Professional in Patient Safety Credential became available in March 2012, more than 2,000 individuals have achieved certification. They represent a broad range of health professionals—from risk managers to pharmacists, from nurses and physicians to presidents and vice presidents of health care organizations.


In this section, we introduce you to some of them.

Jane Easdown, MD, MHPE, CPPS

As many in the health care field recognize, anesthesiology, as a discipline, has been a leader in patient safety. As such, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recently partnered with IHI/NPSF to encourage its members to pursue certification in patient safety.


Jane Easdown, MD, MHPE, CPPS, is among those anesthesiologists and members of ASA who was ready to take the step toward certification in patient safety. A Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a long-standing member of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Editorial Board, Dr. Easdown sees the CPPS credential as a natural extension of her clinical training.

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Mustafa Mohammed Al-Zu’bi, RN, CPHQ, CPPS

In a decade-long nursing career, Mustafa Mohammed Al-Zu’bi, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, has worked in some of the most heart-wrenching areas of medicine—oncology, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care.
His resume is a reflection of how complicated the job can be—from managing cardiac monitors and administering chemotherapy to helping patients and their families prepare for transitions to step-down units or to home. This is work that tests both sides of the brain—the intellectual, skills-based side as well as the emotional, human side.

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Edward Hospital and Health System

Certification is one way to build an effective patient safety team. A diverse group of staff at Edward Hospital and Health System in Illinois is making it everyone's job.
The reason for such diverse representation was summed up by Mary Anderson, MT (ASCP), CIC, CPHQ, CPPS. “If you’re working in health care, you need to be interested in patient safety and that needs to be your priority,” she said. “You should want to learn and continuously improve your knowledge base. I see a real drive for that here at Edward and in the greater health care community.”

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Vincent Barba, MD, FACP, FHM, CPPS, CQO

Even though Dr. Vincent Barba teaches patient safety to all levels of medical students and to his hospital’s residents, he still felt he should challenge himself to become certified in patient safety.

In nearly 20 years as a physician in academic medicine, Vincent Barba, MD, FACP, FHM, CPPS, CQO, has served in many roles. A board-certified internist, he joined the faculty of New Jersey Medical School and became an attending physician at University Hospital in 1999. “University Hospital is pretty much the safety net hospital,” he says. “We’re the only public acute care hospital in New Jersey.”

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Janet Jacob, MBA, RN, CPPS

With a well-rounded background in health care and patient safety, Janet Jacob, MBA, RN, CPPS, seized the opportunity to become certified in patient safety. She was among the first of those to be awarded the CPPS credential after passing the exam in March 2012.

As senior director of patient safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Janet Jacob, MBA, RN, CPPS, has many opportunities to talk about safety science. Her hospital is internationally known for quality and safety, and in her role, she frequently hosts teams from near and far who come to learn best practices.

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Ronette Wiley, RN, CPPS

Ronette Wiley oversees patient safety, risk management, quality improvement, and care coordination at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. She became interested in certification as a way to quantify her expertise in the very areas for which she is responsible.

Ronette earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1986 with the help of a scholarship from the Veterans Administration. She remembers that as being around the time that the VA was undergoing a transformation into high reliability and focusing on quality and safety.

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Have you become certified in patient safety? The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety has made a press kit available for organizations to use in announcing a staff member’s being awarded this credential.

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