Three Kansas health care leaders complete Patient Safety Fellowship, Tinsley receives Fellow’s Choice Poster Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) recently recognized Kendra Tinsley, executive director of the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, for achievement at the 17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress.

From left: Joann Paul, Wesley Medical Center; Kendra Tinsley, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative; and Dr. Jennifer Scott Koontz, Newton Medical Center, present their patient safety projects during the poster session at NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Austin, Tex.From left: Joann Paul, Wesley Medical Center; Kendra Tinsley, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative; and Dr. Jennifer Scott Koontz, Newton Medical Center, present their patient safety projects during the poster session at NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Austin, Tex.The national event, held earlier this month in Austin, Tex., featured a poster session showcasing projects conducted by fellows completing the 2014-15 AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.

As part of its closing recognition ceremony, NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, MD, presented Tinsley the Fellow’s Choice Poster Award. Her poster documented the successful efforts by Kansas birthing hospitals to dramatically reduce the occurrence of non-medically indicated early elective deliveries (EED), as well as the current state of EED prevention measures. KHC is calling for birthing hospitals statewide to collaboratively “Take It to the Next Level” over the coming year to achieve national benchmark results in EED prevention. (view poster)

In addition to Tinsley, two other Kansas health care leaders completed the year-long fellowship program: Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, a primary care sports medicine physician at Newton Medical Center, and Joann Paul, RN, market director of quality, infection prevention and safety at Wesley Medical Center.

The AHA-NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship program was a year-long intensive learning experience that developed leadership competencies and promoted break-throughs in safety practices. The fellowship provided health care professionals from across the country an opportunity to integrate innovative strategies into their day-to-day work. Fellows are better prepared to assess how various tools can be deployed and the strategies needed to guide successful implementation.

KHC is a provider-led 501(c)3 organization with a mission to transform health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety and value. Founded in 2008 by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society, KHC embodies the commitment of two of the state’s leading health care provider groups to act as a resource and continuously enhance the quality of care provided to Kansans. For more information about the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and its initiatives, visit www.khconline.org.

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