12th Annual Patient Safety Summit set for Aug. 1

The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s 12th Annual Patient Safety Summit is set for August 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Safer by the Dozen,” in honor of its 12th anniversary, with Rich Bluni, RN, the nationally known author of “Inspired Nurse,” serving as keynote speaker.

Kicking off the event is Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of the American Hospital Association’s Physician Alliance, with the topic “Clinician Well-Being/Burnout/Resilience.” She will be followed by an energetic panel discussion on “Health Literacy” with Dr. Teresa Wagner of UNT Health Science Center; Dr. Carol Howe of Texas Christian University; Brennan Lewis of Children’s Health; and Tracy Adame of Medical City Healthcare. That’s quite a lineup!

“We are thrilled about the speakers participating in the program this year,” said Kristin Tesmer, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “We have a famous author, a great team of panelists and representatives from the American Hospital Association, the Joint Commission and the Office of Inspector General. This is one of the most knowledgeable and prominent group of speakers we’ve ever had for the Summit. We are looking forward to hosting them.”

For a full agenda, please click here.

Since patient safety was first brought to light in the 1990s, studies have shown a large number of patients harmed by preventable errors such as system failures, human factors, prolonged hospital stays and cost-cutting measures. Such errors can cause serious injury or death and result in billions of dollars in health care costs. The Patient Safety Summit serves as an opportunity for hospital employees to discuss past errors and to make strategic plans to keep them from happening again. More than 350 attendees are expected to participate, including healthcare employees, nurses, patient safety advocates, chief nursing officers and hospital executives.

You can register here.

Sponsorships are still available. For information, contact Patti Taylor at [email protected] or 972-719-4900.