Debby Vossenkemper, MBA, CPHQ

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.  Ms. Vossenkemper was an assistant professor for ten years at St. Charles Community College in the School of Allied Health and served as a guest lecturer in the Health Information Management program at St. Louis University.  She earned her Bachelor of Health Information degree from St. Louis University and MBA from Fontbonne University.  Ms. Vossenkemper is accredited as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).  In 1996, she earned her certification as a Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).  In 2005, she achieved Six Sigma Green Belt certification.  Ms. Vossenkemper also served with the Excellence in Missouri Foundation, Missouri Quality Award program (MBNQA) for over thirteen years in varying roles as an Examiner, Senior Examiner, Team Leader, Judge and the Chair of the Panel of Judges.

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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:

Fall Prevention Awareness Week started Saturday, September 22 and runs until Friday, September 28. Stopfalls.org has excellent resources and tools to support ongoing efforts including flyers, posters, fact

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