Missouri Center for Patient Safety Announces New Board of Directors Member, Brent VanConia

September 6, 2011    |   By: Calevir

Hospital chief executive joins MOCPS in support of its work to improve the safety of health care delivery.

Jefferson City, MO. – September 6, 2011 — The Missouri Center for Patient Safety, MOCPS, an independent, nonprofit located in Jefferson City, announced Brent VanConia is a new member of its board of directors.

VanConia is president of St. Mary’s Health Center, in Jefferson City, Missouri, and replaces Joseph Crossett, who recently retired from Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri, as a representative of the Missouri Hospital Association on the MOCPS Board.

The board of directors governs MOCPS operations, including its function as a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and as a leader in providing solutions and resources to improve patient safety and the quality of health care delivery.

“It is an honor to be appointed to serve on the Board of the Missouri Center for Patient Safety,” said VanConia.   “It is vital that health care organizations continually seek solutions to improve the safety of health care.   MOCPS’s resources and collaborative efforts are at the heart of this work.”

Earlier this year, VanConia was awarded the 2011 Grassroots Champion Award by the American Hospital Association, AHA.   The award recognizes hospital leaders who serve as highly effective advocates for their hospitals and their patients. VanConia  received the award for the state of Missouri during a  ceremony April 12 at the 2011 AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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“We are very pleased to have Brent VanConia joining the board of directors,” said MOCPS Executive Director, Becky Miller.    “His day-to-day work as a hospital CEO within one of Missouri’s largest health care systems, SSM Health Care, will provide great insight and input for our continued work across the state, and beyond our borders, to improve health care safety.”

The balance of the Center’s Board of Directors, representing the Center’s Founding Members, and public representatives, includes:

  • Steven C. Bjelich, MHA, Cape Girardeau, MO, Chairman
  • Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD, FACS, St. Louis, MO
  • Tom Holloway, MSMA, Jefferson City, MO
  • S. Gordon Jones, Jr., MD, Sikeston, MO
  • Daniel Landon, Jefferson City, MO
  • Peter Lyskowski, Jefferson City, MO
  • H. Jerry Murrell, MD, Columbia, MO, Vice-Chairman
  • Richard A. Royer, MBA, Columbia, MO, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, St. Louis, MO
  • Bruce R. Williams, D.O., Lake Waukomis, MO

Note to Reporters: Photos and interviews are available upon request.

More About MOCPS – The Missouri Center for Patient Safety was founded by the Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri State Medical Association and Primaris as a private, nonprofit corporation to serve as a leader to fulfill its vision of a health care environment safe for all patients, in all processes, all the time.   The Center is certified as a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO).



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