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20th Annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference
10/17/2023 - 10/18/2023
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST

Event Description

October 17 & 18, 8am-1pm PT


“Bringing Patient Safety To Life” What’s worked, what hasn’t, and what to do about it.



Venue: Virtual 
Conference Dates/times (Pacific): 
October 17th & 18th – 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Keynote Presentations

Umair A. Shah, MD, Secretary of Health, Washington State: Opening Keynote

Secretary Shah will deliver the opening keynote. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in December 2020. He was responsible for the state’s COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts. He is the first Asian-American physician of South Asian descent to serve in this leadership role in the history of Washington. He is a strong advocate for patients and equity stemming from his experience as an emergency department physician at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston for well over twenty years.

Karthik Sivashanker, MD: “Operationalizing Racial Justice and Equity in Health Care”. Dr. Sivashanker is the Vice President of Equitable Health Systems in the Center for Health Equity at the American Medical Association. He will discuss a new framework for advancing racial justice and equity in the health care arena by leveraging high-performance quality and safety practices to systematically make inequities visible and to address and resolve them as an integral part of health care practice.

Tejal Gandhi, MD: “Emerging from COVID: Re-Energizing our Approach to Achieving Zero Harm”. This won’t be a Covid commiseration conference, although I do miss the lack of car traffic. You probably know Dr. Gandi as the former President and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) or Chief Clinical and Safety Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Now, as Chief Safety and Transformation Officer at Press Ganey, she is responsible for advancing the Zero Harm movement and developing innovative health care transformation strategies. Dr. Gandi will present the “bright spots”, innovations and lessons learned while we were up to our elbows in alligators.

Patricia McGaffigan: “Strengthening our Resilience – Implementation of Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety”. Patricia is President, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, and Vice President at IHI where she is IHI’s senior sponsor for the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety. Patricia will present on the National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety. Despite substantial effort over the past 20 years, preventable harm in health care remains a major concern in the United States. The Plan includes 17 recommendations to advance patient safety and offers actionable solutions for a clear path forward to recover from setbacks that occurred during the pandemic and to advance and sustain the positive gains based on lessons learned over two decades of systems safety improvement work.

Saul Weingart, MD: “Finding the Patient in Patient Safety”

Dr. Weingart is Professor of Medicine at Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine. He served as President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, CMO and SVP of Medical Affairs at Tufts Medical Center and VP for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Enthusiasm for patient and family engagement makes a number of assumptions about the opportunities and limitations of patient and family engagement that warrant closer review This session will draw on 20 years of empirical research, industry best practice, and participants’ experience to better understand the current state of knowledge and practice and to identify promising strategies to engage patients and families in making healthcare safer.

In addition to the keynotes there are eight incredible breakout sessions with regional, national and international experts, thought leaders and your colleagues. Here are some of the topics. You’re encouraged to visit the conference website for more details.

  • Structuring patient safety programs to survive leadership changes and other challenges.
  • Impact of climate change on patient safety and quality.
  • Transformative change: advancing cultural safety and relationship-based approaches to healing.
  • Using artificial intelligence to improve the patient-provider experience.
  • Staffing and safety: using computer modeling to reveal the drivers of nurse workload and missed care.
  • Creation of a National Patient Safety Board (NPSB).
  • Improving patient and provider communication.