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Patient Safety Advisory Group

  • Helps identify critical and emerging patient safety issues.
  • Suggests effective methods for reducing patient safety risks.

The Patient Safety Advisory Group is comprised of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, risk managers and other professionals who have hands-on experience in addressing patient safety issues in a wide variety of health care settings. The group also:

  • Reviews draft patient safety recommendations for potential publication in the Joint Commission’s periodic Sentinel Event Alert advisory and advises Joint Commission staff as to the evidence for and face validity of these recommendations, as well as their practicality and cost of implementation.
  • Recommends potential future topics for Sentinel Event Alert and Quick Safety.

In April 2002, The Joint Commission appointed a panel of widely recognized patient safety experts to advise it on the development of Sentinel Event Alert, The Joint Commission’s patient safety newsletter. At that time, the panel was named the Sentinel Event Advisory Group. Over time, the group’s responsibilities expanded and in 2009 the panel was renamed the Patient Safety Advisory Group.

Advisory group members

  • Patrick J. Brennan, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
  • Frank Federico, BS, RPh, Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Martin J. Hatlie, Esq, President, Partnership for Patient Safety
  • Paul Kelley, Vice-Chair, BMETs, AAMI Board of Directors; Director, Biomedical Engineering and Green Initiative, Washington Hospital
  • Grena Porto, RN, MS, ARM, CPHRM, Practice Leader – Healthcare, ESIS Health, Safety & Environmental
  • Daniel J Ross, MD, DDS, FACEP, CPE, Acting Branch Chief, Clinical Quality Management Chief, Patient Safety Program Clinical Support DivisionMedical Affairs, Defense Health Agency
  • Matthew Scanlon, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin; Knowledge and Solutions Architect, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Ronni P. Solomon, JD, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, ECRI Institute
  • Dana Swenson, PE, MBA, Vice President, Facilities, UMass Memorial HealthCare

For more information, contact Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, or 630-792-5350.

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