Patient safety standards and systems have been developed and conducted in large, urban hospitals and the relevance of such standards and systems for smaller, rural hospitals has not been established. The purpose of this project is to test the feasibility, cost, and impact of implementing patient safety standards in small, rural hospitals. Working with 8 hospitals in Tennessee, this project will create a sustainable infrastructure for assisting rural hospitals to implement critical safety improvements and to more toward a universal culture of safety. The resulting materials and tools will allow for broader replication in Tennessee and other states.
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Tennessee Rural Hospital Patient Safety Project
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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center
David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.
A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.