Our nation faces an urgent need to address both highly prevalent patient safety events and the increasing numbers of health care professionals leaving the workforce. These two persistent and challenging problems preceded the pandemic but have worsened during the past two years; and they are not unrelated. With fewer and less experienced peers, frontline workers cannot maintain the same safety standards. They fear they will do harm, risk moral injury, and question their own ongoing participation in a system that is failing them and their patients.  
Recent reports in the New England Journal of Medicine, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and forthcoming from the Office of the Inspector General have demonstrated the urgency to address patient safety. No health care system, hospital or nursing facility has escaped health care’s Great Resignation. Solutions to the twin crises are inseparable.
This webinar featured a timely discussion among some of our nation’s pioneer leaders in health care safety research and policy: Helen Burstin, M.D., M.P.H., MACP, Chief Executive Officer at the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Carolyn Clancy, M.D., MACP, Assistant Undersecretary for Health, DEAN, Department of Veterans Affairs, Nancy Foster, Vice President, Quality & Safety Policy Development at the American Hospital Association, Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP, president and CEO of AcademyHealth and moderator Karen Wolk Feinstein, Ph.D., President of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. This webinar explored the reasons underlying our unfinished agenda on patient safety and considered what real progress we can make in this unique moment.

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Karen Feinstein
Author, Committee Member, Presenter

Karen Wolk Feinstein, Ph.D.

President and CEO - Jewish Healthcare Foundation  

Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) an... Read Bio


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Carolyn Clancy, M.D., MACP

Assistant Undersecretary for Health, DEAN - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Carolyn Clancy is the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks... Read Bio


Nancy Foster

Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Policy - American Hospital Association

Nancy Foster is the Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety Policy at the American Hospital Association,... Read Bio