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CENTER FOR PATIENT SAFETY

Reducing preventable harm

aka Missouri Center for Patient Safety   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.centerforpatientsafety.org

Mission

Reducing preventable harm through the provision of education and resources to improve safety culture for healthcare providers and first responders.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Kathryn Wire

Main address

PO Box 410431

St. Louis, MO 63141 USA

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EIN

20-2267157

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (E02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Healthcare has long been a punitive environment, seeking to place blame rather than create solutions. Healthcare is also highly sensitive to the 'human' factor, unable to create a systematic process for care since each individual patient is unique, and each caregiver has different experiences. The Center for Patient Safety seeks to identify ways to improve the healthcare process and reduce preventable harm to patients when mistakes in care delivery occur. We believe the solution exists in engineering processes and improving cultural components that increase the discussion around mistakes in order to learn from them. We believe zero harm is possible and seek to deliver on this possibility throughout all healthcare organizations including paramedics, hospitals, nursing homes, home care, pharmacies, medical offices, etc. The more we understand and appreciate the communication needs of each provider group, the more we can work together to provide safer care.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safety Culture Improvement

Assessing through standardized measurement tools and supporting meaningful action to drive culture improvement as a method of impacting patient safety.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Emergency responders

PSOs offer federal protections to healthcare providers for quality and safety work in exchange for sharing patient event information.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

Positive culture lends to transparency and high reliability organizations. We train and educate in unique, hands-on ways to build healthcare organizational cultures that support learning from mistakes in order to reduce preventable patient harm.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics, Emergency responders

Related Program

Patient Safety and Culture Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conferences held include Second Victim Workshops, Boot Camps, PSO User Days - to engage, connect and educate frontline healthcare employees and leaders. 2020 and 2021 required shift to virtual format.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Patient Safety is reducing preventable harm by offering culture and patient safety education as well as patient safety organization (PSO) services. Our goal is to reach healthcare providers in organizations throughout the care continuum with valuable and simplified resources and tools to improve patient safety. Far too many patients are injured, or even killed, during general healthcare practices. By collecting information on mistakes that occur, and aggregating the information with as many participating organizations as we can, we are able to learn why mistakes are occurring, and work to prevent them from occurring again. By learning from actual mistakes, we can save lives throughout the healthcare system.

Through webinars, onsite education and contracted services, the Center is able to educate providers and organizational leaders in the meaningful opportunities that patient safety culture can offer, including long-term organizational sustainability which contributes to community strength and economic growth. When culture improves, so to does employee engagement which improves retention and leads to better patient care.

The Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of patient safety experts, dedicated to reducing preventable harm. Team members have additional expertise including trainers for Just Culture and TeamSTEPPS, Malcolm Baldrige examiners, and more.

We were one of the first PSOs in the country and have since become one of the oldest, largest, most active, and most diverse PSOs in the country. Regulated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under the federal department of health, the Center is positioned with hundreds of organizations as experience to support continued growth.

As a provider of patient safety culture survey services, the Center has been administering AHRQ's surveys on patient safety(TM) since 2010. Additionally, the Center has developed two additional surveys to fill gaps that existed in measuring patient safety culture for emergency medical services (EMS) air and ground, and home health.

The Center has changed significantly over the last few years, moving from an almost strictly grant-based organization, to a multi-contract, multi-service consulting and training organization. Education, training and speaking engagements have resulted in more awareness of the patient safety gaps in healthcare. We have also realized the need for more education and sharing worldwide.

The Center (working with only providers in Missouri until 2012) now works with clients in every state in the United States and has followers worldwide. We work with some of the largest and smallest organizations in the country, reflecting our ability to be effective at all levels and with all sizes of organizations.

Supplemental funding from grants and donations allow us to make our services affordable for small, rural organizations.

The Center has recently developed an exclusive hands-on workshop that begins the foundation of education on culture and leadership support to reach high reliability. Students leave at the end of the day with a workbook uniquely designed around their own organization and it is a start to a customized patient safety program.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CENTER FOR PATIENT SAFETY

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Smith

Terry Seaton

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Mark Alexander

CoxHealth

Jennifer Fletcher

Global Medical Response

Steven Smith

Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc.

Paul N Venker

Kris Kaull

Pulsara

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data