Patient Safety Speakers Bureau

The Center for Patient Safety’s (CPS) healthcare Speaker’s Bureau was formed as a resource for patient safety related conferences, special training sessions, seminars or meetings. Our veteran speakers offer their expertise on Patient Safety, Just Culture, Transparency, Disclosure, Healthcare Acquired Infections, Reimbursement, Health Care Reform and more.

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Whether local, regional or national, plan on a CPS expert representative to educate or talk to your attendees. Our experts speak across the country regularly and look forward to working with you in person.

Contact the Center for Patient Safety if you are interested in reserving one of our speakers for your event.  Email us or call 573.636.1014.


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Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, CPPS

As a speaker, Kathryn, Executive Director for the Center for Patient Safety, 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 chief medical officer for Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Amita Health St. Alexius Medical Center in suburban Chicago, IL.  He is also the medical director for the Center for Patient Safety.   As chief medical officer, Dr. Handler serves as liaison between the organized medical staff and administration, which advances the clinical practice of medicine for the campuses.  He previously served as VPMA/chief medical officer for SSM St. Joseph Hospital Lake St. Louis in Lake St. Louis, MO from 2007 through 2017.  Read more


Alexandra H. Christgen, CPPS, CPHQ

Alexandra (Alex) H. Christgen has over 20 years of strategic planning, management, process improvement, team building, and culture change experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has been with the Center since 2011, overseeing the Center’s operations since 2015. Alex has worked in a hospital and for the Department of Health and Senior Services in the regulatory division. She has years of extensive experience in survey assessment development, distribution and analysis. Alex also has Malcolm Baldrige experience, assisting with two award winning applications for organizational performance excellence in healthcare.  Read more


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Eunice Halverson, MA, CPPS

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. Read more


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Lee Varner, MS EMS, EMT-P, CPPS

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. Read more


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Richard A. Royer

Mr. Royer has served as the chief executive officer of Primaris since 2001.  He has extensive administrative healthcare experience and is actively involved in several statewide healthcare initiatives.  In 2006, he was appointed by the Missouri governor to the Missouri Healthcare Information Technology Task Force and chaired the resources workgroup.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. In over his 35 years of medical business experience, he has held positions as chief executive officer at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, General Hospital; executive director of Columbia Regional Hospital in Missouri; and founder and president of Avalon Enterprises, a medical financial consulting firm.  He graduated from the University of Akron, Ohio, with a BS in Accounting, from Cleveland State University with an MBA, and from the Advanced Management Program of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.



Debby A. Vossenkemper

Deborah (Debby) A. Vossenkemper, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ, is a consultant for the Center for Patient Safety.  She served as the SSM Health System Vice President Patient Safety and Quality (18 hospitals) from 2013 till her retirement in 2018. She was responsible for oversight and alignment of patient safety and quality (PSQ) functions and outcomes across SSM Health and provided PSQ consultative support for the SSM Health hospitals.  During her forty-two year career with SSM Health she held various leadership roles in the areas/departments of patient safety, clinical quality, performance improvement, regulatory, risk management, care management, infection prevention, information management, and health information management.  Read more


Contact the Center for Patient Safety if you are interested in reserving one of our speakers for your event.  Email us or call 573.636.1014.

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