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Patient Safety Conference Just 22 Days Away - Register Today!

This weeks Drumbeat is dedicated to the Patient Safety Conference and HEN Learning Community.  We are only 21 days away from the HEN Learning Community and 22 days out from the Patient Safety Conference.  There is a fantastic line-up for the two days and we want you and your team to join us for this spring's educational events. 

CLICK HERE to register for the Patient Safety Conference

CLICK HERE to register for the HEN Learning Community

Patient Safety Conference Line Up:

This year's Patient Safety Conference will feature a presentation by Allison Massari. Our keynote speaker, Allison Massari knows that you have the power to transform lives. She has been a medical patient and educator, and understands health care intimately. As a burn survivor she draws on her personal experiences with empathetic devoted healthcare workers. It's a passionate story of finding the internal strength and commitment for hope to flourish - and to inspire the collaboration of teams of medical personnel to profoundly demonstrate the power of authentic patient-provider relationships.

IHC will present the 2014 Patient Safety Awards to the health care providers or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement n patient safety. This award honors patient safety champions who support initiatives that improve patient 
safety, reduce the risk of harm and keep patients at the center of care. The award winners will share their stories on their improvement work in patient safety, beginning with overall winner Lakes Regional Healthcare. 

Bonnie Andrews of Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado will  explore the topic of “just culture” and how this practice supports patient advocacy and ultimately patient safety. Patients trust that their health care providers are doing the right thing. A just culture acts to promote the caregiver avoiding risky behaviors. As we expect and support those behaviors that promote safety, we act to protect patients from harm, truly functioning as patient advocates.  The day will close with the nationally-recognized speaker Steve Siemens challenging participants "If it isn't broken, break it!"

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the Patient Safety Conference

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BROCHURE for the Patient Safety Conference

The conference will be held at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA. Questions? Contact

March 11th HEN Learning Community Line Up:

The HEN Learning Community will convene on March 11th at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA. In support of the CMS HEN contract, this meeting is free to attend. The morning will feature a presentation by Schneck Medical Center in Indiana, who will discuss how the triad of innovation, transparency and ownership has enabled their hospital achieve and sustain quality outcomes for its patients. Following this hospital best practice, Marty Hatlie, CEO of Project Patient Care in Chicago, will share emerging ways patient advocates are contributing to organizational culture change and the patient safety movement. He will describe ways healthcare teams can engage family caregivers to manage risk and achieve safe treatment outcomes.

In the afternoon, HEN participants will discuss sense making of data variation by using run charts. Followed by breakout tracks on Patient & Family Engagement, Obstetrics, and Hospital-Acquired Conditions.

CLICK HERE to register online for the HEN LC

CLICK HERE to download the full HEN LC brochure

Upcoming Iowa Hospital Association & Telligen Events:

  • Iowa Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) Spring Conference: Successful leaders turn challenges into opportunities – and today’s challenges have never been greater.  Quality and patient safety professionals are an integral part of the success of today’s health care system, addressing issues such as mortality and incident rate reduction, risk management, core measures, patient safety, quality management and quality improvement.  This conference will equip attendees with the right skills and process thinking to meet the future of health care head-on. Let the transformation begin! This event is on April 8th at the Holiday Inn & Suites at Jordan Creek in West Des Moines: Register here. For questions, email
  • Navigating Healthcare as a Community: It is easy to come up with the barriers to working with others in your community but some Iowa communities are figuring out how! Join your peers to hear how their community is working together to improve outcomes for their residents. This event is a scheduled webinar on Friday, March 7th from 9:00 - 10:00 am. For information about the event, email 

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals: CANCELLED DUE TO CONFERENCES 

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