Meet the Center Staff

Alex Christgen, CPPS, CPHQ
Executive Director

Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, CPPS
Patient Safety Specialist

Eunice Halverson, MA, CPPS
Patient Safety Specialist

Lee Varner, MSEMS, EMT-P, CPPS
Patient Safety Director

Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN
Patient Safety Researcher/Analyst

Jennifer Lux
Program/Office Manager

Aimee Terrell
Office Coordinator

Shelby Cox, NREMT-P
Patient Safety Project Coordinator

Brian Froelke, M.D, FACEP, FAEMS
Center for Patient Safety, EMS Medical Advisor

Debby Vossenkemper, MBA, CPHQ
CPS Patient Safety Consultant

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The #1 topic they didn’t teach you in Paramedic School: Culture:

I have been working with the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) for about four months, and I’m learning something new every day.  As a Paramedic, patient safety has always been a high priority, but I didn

ISMP Update on Top Medication Safety Issues from 2018 – Webinar:

Medication mistakes are one of the most common errors reported to the Center’s PSO.  ISMP is offering a free webinar on November 15 at noon Central Time to discuss the top medication safety issues as we

Recognizing Fall Prevention Week:

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