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NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi Among Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women

BOSTON, April 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and chief executive officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has been named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the country's Top 25 Women in Healthcare. The sixth biennial list of women leaders compiled by the magazine was published in the April 27 issue.

NPSF, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has served as a central voice for patient safety since 1997, offering education, membership programs, and an annual conference that draws health leaders, practitioners, and patient safety professionals from around the world. Dr. Gandhi has served as president and chief executive officer of NPSF and president of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, the Foundation's think tank, since July 2013.

"I'm honored to be recognized by Modern Healthcare," said Dr. Gandhi. "Women certainly make up a large part of the health care workforce, and having that perspective represented at leadership levels is a trend that I hope will continue to gain traction."

Dr. Gandhi was one of 200 women nominated for the list through an open call for nominations last December. A review board composed of senior editors of Modern Healthcare selected the finalists by judging the candidates on a broad range of criteria, including their willingness to share their expertise with others in the field, to serve as role models or mentors to others, and their ability and power to effect change.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Gandhi also holds an appointment as associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. This is the first time she has appeared on the Top 25 Women in Healthcare list. Earlier this year, she was included in Modern Healthcare's list of 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. In August 2014, she was included in the magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation's vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the Foundation's work, visit www.npsf.org.

CONTACT: Patricia McTiernan pmctiernan@npsf.org 617-391-9922

Source:The National Patient Safety Foundation