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Patient Safety Academy

"A rising tide raises all boats"

Thank you to all who participated in our 6th Annual Patient Safety Academy on September 23, 2015 at the University of Southern Maine!

 J Bryan Sexton, PhD

Dr. Bryan Sexton, Director of the Duke Patient Safety Center for the Duke University Health System provided a lively and engaging 2-part seminar on the science of enhancing resilience, highlighting practical strategies to manage stress in the healthcare workplace, cope with change and manage fatigue.

Rising Tide Awards This year’s awardees were peer-nominated and exemplify the patient safety movement in Maine.

Vickie Koehler, employee health nurse at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick received the first Rising Tide Award. Vickie was recognized for her compassionate leadership who had advanced many important initiatives at her institution including safe and dignified care for high weigh patients, health and safety of hospital staff, and an effective preparation for epidemic outbreaks. 

The second Rising Tide Award was presented to Becky Martins of Warren, Maine. Becky is an active and effective advocate for consumers. She has served in advisory and leadership roles in many Maine and national organizations and strongly advocates for involvement of patients and families in improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Agenda and Workshop descriptions available to view and download

Continuing Education credit was offered for CPHQ through the National Association for Healthcare Quality and for Pharmacy. Certificates were available at the close of the Academy for those requesting the CPHQ credit. For completion of pharmacy CEUs, attendees must complete the online program evaluation forms within 7 days of the Academy.These forms are posted on UNE’s website

For more information, please contact the Patient Safety Academy team:

Karen Pearson, MLIS, MA at

Leigh Raposo, MPH intern at

Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS at

Support for the Patient Safety Academy is provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Service’s Rural Health and Primary Care Program and the University of New England. We are grateful for their sponsorship.

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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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