Pa Patient Saf Advis 2014 Dec;11(4):180.
A Change in Clinical Direction

Michael C. Doering, MBA 

Michael C. Doering, MBA
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority welcomes Ellen S. Deutsch, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS, as clinical director for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and editor of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory. Dr. Deutsch practiced pediatric otolaryngology for 20 years in the Delaware Valley before accepting the position as director of surgical simulation for the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has a longstanding interest in human factors and systems improvements and recently completed a master’s degree in healthcare quality and patient safety. Her experience includes leadership positions in national and international organizations and authorship of numerous presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

As we approach 2015, we are excited to continue our journey to make healthcare as safe as possible for patients in Pennsylvania. The quest to optimize safety is indeed a journey; we have made excellent progress, but we will continue to strive for even more. We are grateful for the grand vision and excellent work over the last 11 years of John Clarke, MD, clinical director emeritus and editor emeritus, who has been slowly retiring. We also appreciate the Authority patient safety liaisons, analysts, editors, staff, and all who have made the Advisory such a valuable tool since its first issue in March 2004.

During the coming year, look for enrichments in the readability of the articles and the practical resources available through the Advisory. We will be revisiting the content, design, and distribution methods of the Advisory articles and resources. We will be presenting information in a practical, straightforward manner while maintaining the important scientific process that provides validity. We will be experimenting with different formats for information to arrive in your inbox and for you to access and download articles and tools in a convenient manner.

In the background, our analysts will have access to new tools to enable us to mine the rich information included in the event narratives that Pennsylvania healthcare facilities report through the Authority’s Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System. We depend on the questions you ask, as well as the information provided by Pennsylvania facilities, to inform our work. We encourage facilities to continue to submit useful information in event reports, especially the narratives, and to let us know what more we can do to facilitate your efforts. Our combined work will support healthcare providers throughout Pennsylvania in our collaborative quest to provide the safest care possible for Pennsylvania patients and their families.

Join me in another heartfelt thank you to Dr. Clarke and a sincere welcome to Dr. Deutsch as she begins her guidance of the Advisory and the Authority’s clinical activities.

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