CHA News Article

Statewide Conference to Focus on Eliminating Patient Harm

CHA and the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) will participate in a conference, May 14-15 in Sacramento, aimed at accelerating the progress California hospitals are making to reduce serious patient safety events in surgical and procedural settings. Conference goals include identifying information and strategies hospital clinicians can use to implement systemic change and prevent serious, reportable adverse events in surgical and procedural areas; discussing what has been learned through mandatory adverse event reporting; and evaluating opportunities to improve the reporting system so that it better aligns with hospitals’ patient safety improvement efforts.

CHA and HQI staff speaking at the conference include David Perrot, MD, DDS, CHA senior vice president/chief medical officer; Julianne Morath, RN, HQI president/CEO; Julia Slininger, RN, vice president for quality and patient safety, HQI and Hospital Association of Southern California; and Rory Jaffe, MD, executive director, California Hospital Patient Safety Organization, an HQI program.

The conference is designed for executive-level hospital administrators, clinicians and administrators working in surgical and other procedural areas (including obstetrics/gynecology, cardiac catheterization labs and other non-operating room settings); and patient safety/quality improvement professionals. The program will be held by the Institute for Population Health Improvement, UC Davis Health System, with support from the California Department of Public Health. For more information and to register, visit