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Bronx nursing leaders make patient safety priority

Panel members included, from left, Scott Klein, MD; Farrokh Shahrivar, MD; Vivian Torres-Suarez, RN; Robert Marion, MD; Ellen Crain, MD; and Henry Bernstein, DO.

On June 15, Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., hosted its annual Lorraine Tregde Patient Safety Leadership Conference. Sponsored by Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center in collaboration with Simpler Healthcare, the Greater New York Hospital Association, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary Inc., North Central Bronx Hospital and the New York Medical Alliance, P.C., the event marked the fourth conference to promote strategies that foster safer patient care.

Conference planning committee chair Hannah Nelson, RN, welcomed attendees to the full-day conference, making note of the hospitals and healthcare facilities in attendance. “There are 22 facilities represented here today,” she said.

Speakers included healthcare advocates who are well-versed in strategies for improving patient safety. H. Eugene Lindsey Jr., MD, president and CEO of Massachusetts-based Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health; Marc A. Bard, MD, executive director of Physician Affiliate Group of New York, P.C.; Carol Haraden, RN, PhD, vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and Lorraine M. Ryan, RN, JD, senior vice president of legal, regulatory and professional affairs for GNYHA, were featured speakers.

Lorraine M. Ryan, RN

Haraden’s presentation, “Becoming Safety-Centric: Why is it so Hard to Get Traction?” touched on the fact that although policy and procedure guidelines are plentiful, only a handful actually are used and usable. Haraden suggested healthcare advocates employ standards where applicable and then use variability that adds value based on expert judgement; standard processes alone will not work.

Ryan, the other nurse speaker at the conference, explained “Creating the Next Generation of Clinical Quality Improvement Leaders” during her presentation on GNYHA’s 15-month clinical quality fellowship program for physicians and nursing professionals in the greater New York area. Started in 2009, the program was initially geared toward physicians, but the association soon saw the need to make it interdisciplinary, Ryan said. It offers professionals the skills and tools necessary to lead meaningful quality improvement and patient safety initiatives through didactic presentations, group exercises, role playing and interactive discussions. The program incorporates offsite, overnight, retreat-style educational sessions, dinner workshops and monthly conference calls. Fellows are paired with clinical leaders who are local leaders in quality improvement and patient safety.

A panel of experts also discussed safety concerns in their respective fields. As the sole nurse on the panel, Vivian Torres-Suarez, RN, BSN, MBA, vice president for children and family care at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, spoke about safety concerns for pediatric patients transitioning from hospital to home.

For information on the GNYHA Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, visit

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