About Us


The Center for Patient Safety, established in 2005, is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe and quality healthcare through the reduction of medical errors

At CPS, our focus is on learning what medical errors occur, why they occur and how to prevent patient harm. We emphasize the importance of culture in promoting safe systems of care.



To be a leader in providing creative solutions to improve patient safety.


A healthcare environment safe for all patients and healthcare providers, in all processes, all the time.


  • Integrity: Methods and activities employed or promoted by the Center will be non-punitive in nature
  • Culture of Patient Safety: The Center will focus on culture, system and process changes.
  • Advocacy:  The Center will advocate for implementation of proven patient safety initiative. The Center will promote and advocate for voluntary, confidential adverse event reporting to promote learning from the data and sharing of improvement strategies that will lead to prevention of adverse events.
  • Excellence: The Center will focus its efforts to achieve continuous improvements in patient safety and health care quality.


The Center works with organizations in nearly every state to improve patient safety across the continuum of care – see who!



TIMELY, ACCURATE DATA: Your Quality Reporting data is more than simply numbers. It tells a story about your patients, your staff and your organization as a whole. At Primaris, our experienced abstraction team manages collecting and reporting accurate data, so that you can focus on improving quality. We don’t stop there. Our Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) team works with Missouri providers to promote patient-centered care, make care safer and more affordable, and improve population health. Learn about the services we provide focused on quality improvement at www.primaris.org.

EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE. The ultimate goal of quality healthcare is enhancing the quality of life for patients. Primaris Foundation is the trusted resource for helping individuals maximize their access to healthcare and benefits. The Foundation empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their healthcare choices through outreach and education programs. Our focus is educating Americans about making good health decisions that maximize the quality of their care while minimizing the impact on their wallets. Learn about these programs at www.primaris.org.

QUALITY. In the transition to value-based care and new payment models, healthcare organizations are refining processes to promote safe, affordable, quality care. Whether you are a rural medical provider, a skilled nursing facility or part of a large health system, the Baldrige Excellence Framework can lead to improved performance in your organization. The Midwest Excellence Institute (MEI) works with organizations to develop effective strategies to help them reach their maximum potential. Learn how MEI can drive you to performance excellence at www.midwestexcellence.org.



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IHI offers free teleconference:

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CPS Participates in Primaris Podcast to Launch PSAW 2018!:

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The Center for Patient Safety believes that collaboration and sharing are the best ways to drive improvement. We strive to provide the right solutions and resources to improve healthcare safety and quality.