Rick Kundravi has been with Patient Safety Authority since 2009 as the Patient Safety Liaison for the Northwest Region of Pennsylvania. In his role as Patient Safety Liaison, Rick is responsible for assisting the 84 licensed healthcare facilities in his region to reduce and eliminate medical errors. Rick has assisted in several projects in his current role including the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN) Reducing Injuries from Falls and Immobility Project, The Online Education on the Value, Importance and Obligation of Patient Safety in Pennsylvania Project and the Patient Safety Officer's Event Reporting Toolkit Project. Rick also serves as the facilitator and team leader of the statewide Behavioral Health Falls Prevention Workgroup. Rick has published two articles for the Authority's Patient Safety Advisor; "Meeting the Challenges Associated with the Morbidly Obese Patient" and "Disclosure: Understanding the Barriers to Communicating Unanticipated Outcomes." Rick attained his certification as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) and is a certified TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.
Prior to coming to the Authority, Rick served as the Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety at UPMC McKeesport as well as the facility's Corporate Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer, Director of Peer Review, Regulatory Compliance Officer and Patient Representative. In his role as Patient Safety Officer, Rick conducted educational sessions on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Common Cause Analysis, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Just Culture and served as chairman of the facility's Patient Safety Committee and Patient Experience Committee. Rick was also the facilitator of the Patient Safety Staff Education team that received a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award