Patient Safety Speakers Bureau

Speaker’s Bureau

The Center for Patient Safety’s healthcare Speaker’s Bureau was formed as a resource for patient safety related conferences, seminars or meetings sponsored or hosted by your agency, association or organization. Our veteran speakers offer their expertise on Patient Safety, Just Culture, Transparency, Disclosure, Healthcare Acquired Infections, Reimbursement, Health Care Reform and more. Full list of Speaker Topics

The Center is a noted leader in the burgeoning Patient Safety sector of the Healthcare industry. One of the first ten Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), in the nation, the Center’s mission is “to be a leader in providing solutions and resources to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare delivery by conducting activities in collaboration with healthcare providers, physicians, purchasers, consumers and government.”

Whether local, regional or national, plan on a CPS Patient Safety representative to address your next health care conference or meeting.

Contact the Center for Patient Safety if you are interested in reserving one of our speakers for your event.  Email us or call 888.935.8272


Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRMAs a speaker, Kathryn provides a learning experience that combines research and current trends with her vast experience and examples critical to risk management learning.

Effective risk management and good clinical care require each staff member and manager to engage in productive conversations about disappointment and concern.  These skills supplement patient safety efforts.  Read more

Michael Handler, MD, MMM, FACHE Dr. Handler is the medical director/chief medical officer for SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis.  As medical director/chief medical officer, Dr. Handler serves as liaison between the organized medical staff and administration, which advances the clinical practice of medicine for the campus. He also serves as the physician advisor to case management.

Dr. Handler has been a physician in the state of Missouri since 1985. He operated a private Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in Kirkwood and Wildwood from 1989 through 2007. Dr. Handler also served as house obstetric physician for SSM St. Joseph Hospital of Kirkwood (SJHK) since 2001. Additionally, he spent two years serving as SJHK’s medical director for quality improvement, during which time he implemented many successful quality improvement initiatives.  Read more


Eunice Halverson, MA Eunice Halverson maintains a passion for improving patient safety.  As such, in her role as Patient Safety Specialist for the Center, she enthusiastically leads the Patient Safety Organization program by providing participants with education, data analysis, and sharing trends and practices to improve patient safety across the continuum of health care.  She brings 35 years  of leadership and “hands-on” experience working for a large health care system, focusing on patient safety, quality, risk management, performance improvement and regulatory and accreditation compliance.  The last 11 years of her full-time career were spent as Corporate Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality.  As a member of the first healthcare Baldrige recipient, she presented at numerous national, state and local conferences and meetings. 

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Sue Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP An attorney and nurse practitioner with more than thirty five years of experience in the health care industry, Sue combines her clinical experience and law degree to guide others in patient safety, health care quality and the development of health care delivery models in response to changing health policies. Sue’s primary goal is to convey to her students, audiences and readers, an understanding of how these policies affect the reality of peoples lives and necessitate responses for the best outcomes possible. 

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Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P Lee is passionate about EMS and safety.  He believes that patient and crew safety are core values in the industry. His work includes analysis, planning, and coordination for EMS projects as well as the redesign and implementation of patient safety strategies. Lee leads the effort to bring patient safety training and education to EMS providers. This education and training gives EMS professionals the opportunity to learn from adverse events, near misses, and unsafe conditions in the hopes of developing the best practices for the industry. 

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Contact the Center for Patient Safety if you are interested in reserving one of our speakers for your event.  Email us or call 888.935.8272


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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.