Patient Safety Summit concludes with a two-day total of 350 attendees

Kristin Jenkins and Captain Dan Birbeck.

Day two of the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s 11th Annual Patient Safety Summit closed out today at the Arlington Convention Center with more than 350 total attendees participating.

Speakers today included Dave Dravecky, cancer survivor and former MLB pitcher for the San Francisco Giants discussing “Teamwork and Resilience,” Coleen Smith, director of high reliability initiatives at The Joint Commission with the presentation “Key Factors in Creating an Effective Safety Culture” and Captain Dan Birbeck of the Dallas County Hospital District Police with the topic ““Active Shooter Training – Avoid, Deny and Defend.”

In all, the Patient Safety Summit provided 10 educational sessions with 11 speakers. Platinum Sponsors included The Joint Commission, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern. Konica Minolta served as the Print Sponsor while Verge Health hosted the speakers’ dinner.

Additional sponsors included Fusion, Methodist Health System, Abbott Point of Care, Children’s Health, AvKare, Clorox Healthcare, Gojo, JPS Health Network, LanguageLine Solutions, Molnlycke, RL Software, R-Water, T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, UT Arlington, Wello and GroupOne Background Screening.

The Patient Safety Summit is a comprehensive opportunity for hospital employees to discuss past errors and to make strategic plans to keep them from happening again. Poster abstracts from participating hospitals detailing solutions for past issues were also displayed throughout the event.

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