National Patient Safety Foundation to Host Patient Safety Awareness Week Webinar, Featuring Officials from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

BOSTON, March 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In conjunction with Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19), the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) will host a complimentary webinar – titled "Patient Safety Is a Public Health Issue." This educational event will bring together top leaders to discuss what is being done to ensure safety of patients from a national perspective. The webcast will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 1-2 pm (EST).

Featured speakers will include the following:

  • Jeff Brady, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Patrick Conway, MD, Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation
  • Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We are honored to host such a distinguished panel to present on this important topic," said Dr. Gandhi. "The speakers represent the most influential federal agencies involved in public health, patient safety, and health care quality. We are very much looking forward to their insights into how we can use the lessons and science of public health to accelerate advances in patient safety."

The webcast is free of charge and is approved for one contact hour toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS (Certified Professional in Patient Safety) recertification. To register, or for more information, click here.

To learn about other Patient Safety Week activities and events, visit .

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

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Source:The National Patient Safety Foundation