Center for Patient Safety Appoints New Executive Director

July 29, 2016    |   By: Jennifer Lux

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For Release: July 29, 2016

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Center for Patient Safety appoints new executive director
JEFFERSON CITY – The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) announced the selection of Alex Christgen as its new executive director effective immediately. Christgen filled the role on an interim basis since the vacancy was created by Becky Miller’s departure in October 2015. Christgen has been with CPS since 2011.

Excellence and collaboration are points of emphasis for Alex Christgen as she continues with CPS, a nonprofit dedicated to improving patient safety across the continuum of care.

“Christgen’s management experience and demonstrated leadership during the interim role has helped CPS move forward its mission to help healthcare organizations improve patient care,” said Richard A. Royer with the CPS Board of Directors. “We are pleased she will continue to lead the organization.”

As the executive director of CPS, Christgen will oversee an organization that works with more than 1500 hospitals, medical offices, pharmacies, long-term care, home care, and EMS organizations across the US. In addition to culture-related education and consultation activities, CPS is a federally designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO), providing confidentiality protection to healthcare providers for patient safety work. CPS has helped countless individuals and organizations achieve their patient safety goals through consulting, workshops, and conferences.

“CPS is preparing to launch new creative patient safety solutions that cross the continuum of care, expanding upon the current breadth and depth of our services,” said Christgen. “This is an exciting time for CPS and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization’s remarkable team of patient safety advocates.”

Christgen’s resume includes over 20 years of strategic planning, management, process improvement, and communications and marketing experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Prior to her role at CPS, Ms. Christgen was employed at SSM Health, Jefferson City, Missouri, assisting with two winning Malcolm Baldrige applications for organizational performance excellence.  Before SSM Health, she was employed with the Department of Health and Senior Services in the Regulatory Division in Jefferson City, Missouri.  She is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Columbia College.

About the Center for Patient Safety
The Center for Patient Safety is a non-profit organization located in Jefferson City, Mo. whose primary service offering is creative and innovative solutions to improve patient safety. CPS was established in 2005 and was one of the first PSOs in the nation.  It conducts patient safety improvement consulting, educating, and supporting services to hospitals, home care, nursing homes, EMS, ASCs, medical offices, and pharmacies across the United States.  For more information, visit www.centerforpatientsafety.org.

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