January 3, 2017    |   By: Alex Christgen, BS, CPPS, CPHQ

They say the only constant thing in life is change, and it’s no different at the Center for Patient Safety (CPS). Since the first IOM report was released in 1999, patient safety concerns have been in the spotlight, and the CPS was created to address the issues in that report confronting healthcare. Since we opened our doors in 2005, we have supported thousands of organizations across the country with their patient safety programs; and now, years later, we continue our mission. I assumed the position of Executive Director of CPS in July of this year, and it has been an incredible journey. What appealed to me most about the opportunity to lead CPS is the ability to energize, engage, and inspire health care providers across the country, and throughout the world, to reduce avoidable patient harm. Our team has been hard at work this year, developing some of the most innovative concepts ever to reach the front line staff, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Our team has so much to offer the healthcare community. The energy that comes from the clients and providers we work with through CPS daily is absolutely amazing! Each provider is dedicated to promoting patient safety in their organization. They are driven by compassion and a selfless desire to improve care. They are an inspiration to our team and to their communities.

I invite you to be an active participant with the Center for Patient Safety in a manner that best fits your abilities:

• Host a patient safety boot camp in your region
• Join us for any of our ongoing educational webinars
• Share a success story and best practice in our newsletter
• Be a part of our PSO to share and earn protections
• Be a sponsor for an organization or program
• Ask us about our culture improvement opportunities
Each person that contacts us has their own barriers, concerns, and issues that keep them up at night. Many of these issues are some of the same things our team dealt with during their many years of experience. Our team knows how you feel, and we know how to help. This will certainly be an exciting time as CPS continues to grow and improve culture and patient
safety across the country. We strive for excellence in our delivery of services, which is achievable through our revised mission of providing creative culture solutions to improve patient safety. Join our mission today by following us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, or contact our office to find out how you can engage with CPS today!


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