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5th Annual Patient Safety Academy


On Friday, September 5, 2014, the 5th Annual Patient Safety Academy was convened on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine.  The conference was attended by 115 quality and patient safety leaders from institutions and organizations across the State of Maine.  The attendees included an interdisciplinary representation of nurses, pharmacists, physicians, administrators, students, educators, and patient advocates from a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing facilities, medical offices, surgical centers, mental health providers, state agencies, and public and private organizations..

Workshops led by Maine professionals addressed topics related to pharmacy, patient engagement, infection prevention, health information technology, and more!

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For a list and description of Workshops, click here

New this year: Continuing Education credits for CPHQ, Nursing, and Pharmacy were available for registered participants.  If you did not pick up your CEU certificate for nursing or CPHQ, please contact Karen Pearson at

No News is No News campaign initiated: The Academy began with an opening address and invitation to “crowd source” a patient safety improvement idea – the promotion of a “No News is No News” campaign to educate and inform consumers about the importance of following up on test results. See the Op Ed article in the Portland Press Herald, written by Judy Tupper, DHEd, CPPS, CHES.

This year we featured Best Practice Posters from the USM School of Nursing on the use of simulation for interdisciplinary education in quality and safety; The Aroostook Medical Center describing the use and function of their Fall Response Team; and Penn State University on identifying and deconstructing workarounds. Thank you to all who participated, and we look forward to more submisssions next year!!

We presented two Rising Tide Awards to Maine Patient Safety leaders, one individual, and one oganizational. The individual award was presented to Angela Dubuc, Director of Clinical Practices at Central Maine Medical Center, for her leadership on TeamSTEPPS.  The organizational award went to the Maine State Nurses Association, representing nurses in hospitals small and large across Maine and focusing their advocacy efforts on patient safety.

Please be sure to look for leaders in patient safety and submit your nominations for future Rising Tide Awards!

Plenary Speakers:Kimberly Galt 90x90

Kimberly Galt, PharmD, PhD, FASHP, FNAP, Professor at the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and Principal Scientist, Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety at Creighton University.  Dr. Galt provided a thought-provoking presentation on the need for interprofessional and systems approaches to apply patient safety values as a practice framework.

Tejal Gandhi

Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Lucian Leape Institute. Closing our day-long event, Dr. Gandhi challenged participants to see the new and expanded focus in the changing landscape of patient safety. Her presentation covered these 5 areas: Care across the continuum; patient/family engagement and experience; Workforce;Transparency and metrics; and the use of health information technology.

If you would like to be on the planning committee for next year, please contact Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS at

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