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A Message from Becky Miller, Executive Director for the Center

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EMS Quality & Patient Safety – Free Learning Series

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EMS 2015 Webinar SeriesFor EMS Leaders and Providers

The Center for Patient Safety has the opportunity to meet and listen to EMS leaders and providers from around the country. Frequently we are asked “what is patient safety and how do we improve it”? We believe patient safety is composed of many areas and can’t be defined by one part. Therefore, the goal of this series of free webinars is to offer you information and content that will address some of these areas. These include, human factors, quality, risk and culture to name a few, as well as other new and innovative areas.

If you have the desire to learn and would like to improve what you do as an EMS professional, please join us. Each webinar will focus on topics designed to enlighten and educate as well as encourage participants to take a proactive approach to reducing patient harm.

Upcoming sessions and registration information:

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CPS March 13th Conference! Continuing Education Available! Early Bird Registration Ends 2/2!

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The Center’s 9th Annual Conference on March 13, offers Continuing Education for physicians, risk managers and is pending for nursing and quality professionals.  Conference information, registration and information about continuing education is available at

A Message from the CPS Executive Director

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Becky Miller, Executive Director

Becky Miller, MHA, CPHQ, FACHE, CPPS
Executive Director
Center for Patient Safety

We are excited about the Center for Patient Safety’s 10th year as a part of the solution to address the multitude of issues surrounding patient safety.  Safety culture is the KEY!  Medical error prevention and reduced patient harm occurs in organizations with a strong safety culture, supporting and encouraging the reporting of adverse events, near misses and unsafe conditions; reporting that leads to learning what and why errors occur and to sharing of solutions.

We hope you will join us as the celebration continues throughout 2015, including our March patient safety conference and available resources during Patient Safety Awareness Week!

Find out more about Patient Safety Awareness Week.

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A Message from the Center’s Medical Director

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A message from Michael Handler, MD, Medical Director, Center for Patient Safety

From a physician’s perspective, organizations such as the Center for Patient Safety, including the role of a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO), are playing a key role in healthcare and can play an even greater role in the future.

I am proud to serve as the Center’s Medical Director supporting the Center’s work with health systems, hospitals, ambulance services, physician practices and nursing homes as well as its outreach to consumers.

As the healthcare landscape continues to change under the federal Affordable Care Act, implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges and the explosion of Accountable Care Organizations, the need for healthcare providers to work together across various settings is increasing exponentially. This work must focus on the assessment, evaluation and improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare delivery regardless of where that care is delivered. This is where organizations like the Center come into play!

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Center Releases EMS-PSONews, Spring Edition

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EMS PSONews… a compilation of PSO topics specific to EMS

The latest EMS PSONews-Spring Edition includes articles and PSO information specific to EMS:

  • learning and sharing: defibrillation vs synchronized cardioversion
  • updates on EMS PSO activity
  • a legal update on Patient Safety Organization (PSO) protections,
  • highlights from the annual Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality meeting,
  • and much more!

Center releases Spring edition of PSO Newsletter

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The latest PSONews-Spring Edition includes:

  • a legal update on Patient Safety Organization (PSO) protections,
  • highlights from the annual Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality meeting,
  • coverage of the CPS WhitePaper on PSOs & ACOs,
  • a shared story with positive results from a policy aimed at managing aggressive behavior in the hospital,
  • and much more!

CPS welcomes Lee Varner as new EMS Project Manager

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The Center is excited and proud to announce Lee Varner as our new EMS Project Manager as of May 21!  Lee joins the Center, most recently working with Mercy St. Louis as the EMS Outreach Coordinator where he has been working on a multitude of projects, including the development and implementation of “EMSource” a Mercy smart device application for EMS agencies to quickly access protocols and other useful information.  Lee is a licensed paramedic with over 20 years of field experience, and also  serves on the Missouri State Clinical Conference Board and the St. Louis County EMS and Hospital Communications Commission. Lee will be heading up all of the Center’s work related to emergency medical services safety culture and PSO activities.  Please join us in welcoming Lee!

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