May 10, 2018
Tomorrow is a special day. The Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety and the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Program will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a Quality and Safety Forum.
Reducing preventable harm to patients has been a major focus of our clinical programs for the last decade. UT and our hospital partners have been working in close partnership to address the foremost issue for patients and families. Tomorrow is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate progress that has been made, the impact on patients, and to consider the future of our quality and safety journey.
The forum will feature outstanding national experts in patient safety. Dr. Gerald Hickson, senior vice president of quality, safety and risk prevention and Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Dr. Richard Wenzel, emeritus professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, are invited keynote speakers. The daylong event also will also feature presentations by graduates of the Clinical Safety and Effective program, the Edward Randall Quality Fair, and awards. I encourage you to attend to learn how McGovern Medical School and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center are working together to lead these important patient safety efforts.
We should all be proud of our leadership. They are setting a very high bar for healthcare quality and safety through research, education, and performance improvement. Our very talented and dedicated team includes Dr. Bela Patel, vice dean for healthcare quality and Graham Distinguished University Chair; Dr. Eric Thomas, director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety; Brian Dean, CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC; Dr. Jeffrey Katz, chief medical officer, Memorial Hermann-TMC; Dr. Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, professor of internal medicine; Kathy Luther, director of quality; Kathy Masters, Memorial Hermann-TMC; Elizabeth Huynh, assistant director, Department of Internal Medicine; Peggy Ross, Department of Internal Medicine; Megan Aston, Department of Internal Medicine; and Shelley Vargo, Memorial Hermann-TMC. Leadership if key, but improvements in quality and safety require the dedication and hard work of everyone involved in patient care.
I have always embraced the term, “One is Not Zero,” because quality and safety programs have a direct impact on patients’ well-being/patients’ lives. Think of every patient as if he or she were a member of your own family. Each of us has a role to play.
Thanks again to our leadership and to each of you for working every day to make patient safety and quality a priority.
Where: Memorial Hermann Conference Center
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11