Cutler Institute

Ninth Annual Patient Safety Academy Brings Together Healthcare Providers, Students, and Advocates

On Monday, September 17th 2018, current and new healthcare colleagues engaged in patient safety activities at the ninth Annual Patient Safety Academy in an "all hands on deck" approach to improving patient safety in our workplace, our communities, and in our state. Our plenary speaker, Joyce Morrissette (BSN, RN, Nurse Consultant), empowered us to become more resilient by caring for ourselves in order to better care for our patients. Participants came from the farthest points of Maine and New Hampshire for a full day of learning and hands-on activities designed to improve their knowledge and skills. Workshops by regional experts led participants in how to be proactive in the fight against health-acquired infections (HAI), conduct end-of-life conversations, examine new approaches to learn from error, engage in a quality improvement simulation. and dive deeper into lean six sigma training. Our plenary speaker encouraged the audience to be more resilient to enhance their own well-being and to improve the culture of their workplace.

Rising Tide Awards were presented to three individuals and one organization in recognition of their efforts to advance patient safety within Maine through their leadership, dedication, and innovation. The bios have been posted on the Cutler website.

Led by Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS, Director, Population Health and Health Policy, the Maine Patient Safety Academy grew out of an initiative by Maine’s critical access hospitals to build an infrastructure that supports patient safety and quality improvement activities. This infrastructure led to multiple external grants and initiatives and the launch of the Maine Patient Safety Academy in 2010. Over the course of the last nine years, the Academy has provided both practical and cutting edge educational experiences for an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare providers, pharmacists, quality and patient safety leaders, students, and consumer advocates.

The full agenda can be found here.