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Ohio Patient Safety Institute

OPSI was founded by the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Through this collaboration and common effort, OPSI works with hospitals and health care workers to improve health care outcomes in Ohio. Its mission is to be the leader and catalyst in developing and transforming health care into a reliable and safe delivery system. 

OPSI was the first state designated Patient Safety Organization by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The federal designation allows OPSI legal authority to collect medical error data from Ohio hospitals without subjecting individual data to unintended use as evidence in medical malpractice lawsuits. Hospital participation with a Patient Safety Organization is voluntary.

Monthly Resource & Educational Programs

Antimicrobial Stewardwhip - February
Antimicrobial stewardship focuses on providing patients with optimal infection treatment by targeting specific pathogens and aiming to reduce resistance. Broad spectrum antibiotic use carries a higher risk of developing resistant pathogens. Narrow spectrum anti-infective use and de-escalation of empiric therapy for known pathogens reduces resistance prevalence. Click here to learn more.

Patient and Professional Resources

Patient engagement and involvment is vital to the delivery of health care. OPSI is proud to provide information to patients seeking health care services including prepartion for a hospital visit, medications safety and more.
  • Click here for resources to help patients understand health care issues impacting them.
  • Click here for resources related to medication safety, surgical and procedural safety, infection prevention, general safety, safety culture, leadership resources, health literacy and best practices.

Patient Safety Week - March 8-14, 2020

Ohio hospitals are committed to providing the best health care to patients. Every day of the year, caregivers work to provide the best care possible for every patient, every time. Patient safety and health care quality is a top priority for Ohio hospitals.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety. From patients to care providers, from the front lines to the executive suite, from the patient and family advocate to the corporate solutions provider — we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm.

Educational Offerings

Toolkit Materials

OPSI Best Practice Award

OPSI presents the award to the individual or organization that has designed and implemented the most innovative, evidence-based patient safety practice in Ohio. ​Developed by the OPSI’s Board of Trustees, the goals of this award are to recognize outstanding efforts among Ohio health care providers who:

  • Improve patient safety
  • Develop innovative programs to improve patient safety
  • Create best practices that other Ohio health care providers may adopt/adapt
  • Develop a culture of collaboration that improves patient safety

2020 Best Practice Award Nominations Now Being Accepted - Deadline: Jan. 15

OPSI invites hospitals, health systems, physicians, long term care, outpatient facilities and home health care to submit a nomination for the annual Dr. Frank Dono Best Practice Award. The best practice award  is presented annually to an individual or organization that has designed and implemented the most innovative, evidence-based patient safety practice in Ohio.

Award submissions must include a project summary, description of the performance improvement process, an explanation of the data analytics used (measurable goals, use of benchmarks, etc.), verifiable results and sustainability, and a report of the lessons learned.

All applications must be submitted online by Jan. 15. An awards committee will review all applications to select the finalists and ultimate recipient which will be announced in March. The award will be presented at the OHA Annual Meeting Quality Summit in June.

​Please contact OHA's Rosalie Weakland for more information or click here to learn more.

OPSI Board

OPSI's Board of Directors is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals through out the state of Ohio.

Members At - Large

  • Todd Baker - Ohio State Medical Association
  • Chrissie Blackburn, MHA - University Hospitals of Cleveland 
  • Kathy Crea, Pharm.D, BCPS, CPPS - Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Carol Croop, RN, MS, BC, CPHQ
  • Kenneth Edelman, MD - Cleveland Clinic
  • Joseph Geskey, DO - OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
  • Ruth Ann Heiser, RN - Mount Carmel Health System
  • Judy Klein, CPHRM, PA - Coverys
  • ​William Kose, MD - Blanchard Valley Health System
  • Joshua Lumbley, MD - Ohio State University Hospital
  • Mandy Smith, NHA, PTA, RAC-CT - Ohio Healthcare Association

OHA & OPSI Representatives

  • Rosalie Weakland, RN, MSN, FACHE, senior director of Quality Programs  
  • Amy Andres, senior vice president, Quality and Data
  • Deb Zanath, Ohio Patient Safety Institute