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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PSO Case Law: Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105:

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Joint Commission New Sentinel Event Alert 61: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants:

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CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Culture Can Improve the Control of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms:

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