CHA News Article

Patient Safety Innovators to Speak at CHPSO Annual Meeting
April 8-9 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento

An exciting lineup of speakers will present innovative strategies and practical tools to eliminate preventable harm and improve patient safety at the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization’s second Annual Meeting — Getting to Zero: Innovate, Collaborate, Accelerate — April 8–9 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), will report on the agency’s initiatives and growing knowledge base of effective practices that improve the safety of patient care. AHRQ is the leading federal agency for patient safety research and regulates PSOs under the Patient Safety Act. Peter Lee, executive director of California’s health benefit exchange, will discuss the nexus between payment reform and improving patient safety and quality, and its importance to the financial viability of the health care system.

Patient safety advocate Sorrel King will speak about pioneering safety programs and the work of the Josie King Foundation, created after her daughter, Josie, died in 2001 as a result of medical errors. James Keller, Jr., M.S., who heads up ECRI Institute’s evaluation of health technology and safety, will discuss the top 10 medical device hazards that warrant particular attention in 2013. Also speaking is Chip Heath, professor of organizational behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, who will introduce a process to make better decisions. He is co-author of the bestseller, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Attendees will receive a copy of his new book, Decisive: How to make Better Choices in Life and Work.

The program is designed for hospital senior leaders and clinical leaders, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and quality, risk management and patient safety staff. Register before March 7 and save $105 on program fees. For more meeting information, visit