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Patient Safety Academy


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to Register 

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The 6th annual Patient Safety Academy will be held September 23, 2015 at the University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, on the Portland campus.

Cost: $50 general; $25 students

 J Bryan Sexton, PhD

We are pleased to announce that J. Bryan Sexton, Director of the Duke Patient Safety Center for the Duke University Health System will provide a 2-part seminar on the science of enhancing resilience and provide practical strategies to manage stress in the healthcare workplace, cope with change and manage fatigue.

Dr. Sexton's research on safety culture, teamwork, and resilience have resulted in assessment tools that have been used worldwide in hundreds of hospital settings.

Come to network with colleagues and build new connections.

Students are eligible for a discount on the registration fee. Register now!

Coming Soon: workshop sessions, and conference agenda. 

Rising Tide Nomination Form: Please be sure to look for leaders in patient safety and submit your nominations for the Rising Tide Awards!

For more information, please contact Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS at


Highlights of the  5th Annual Patient Safety Academy:

  • No News is No News campaign: The 2014 Patient Safety Academy opened with an 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.) The campaign inspired providers to coach patients to follow up on diagnostic tests, because no news does not mean good news. This wallet card campaign gained national attention and is being promoted by the National Patient Safety Foundation as one of the contributions for their 2015 National Patient Safety Awareness Week.
  • The conference was attended by 115 quality and patient safety leaders from institutions and organizations across the State of Maine, representing 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.
  • Continuing Education credits for CPHQ, Nursing, and Pharmacy were available for registered participants.
  • Two Rising Tide Awards were presented to Maine Patient Safety leaders, one individual, and one oganizational. Please be sure to look for leaders in patient safety and submit your nominations for future Rising Tide Awards!

To view the 2014 PSA Agenda, click here; For a list and description of the 2014 PSA Workshops, click here

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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