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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

2019 Advancing Patient Safety Conference Series

June 13
How Can an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program Improve Care of Our Surgical Patients

August 8
Engaging Care Givers to Embrace Hand Hygiene Strategies & Promote a Just Culture
& Preparing for Influenza and Other Respiratory Pathogens

Click here for more information and to register.

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 10 - 16, 2019

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. ​Conceived by 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
Please contact Rosalie Weakland at rosalie.weakland@ohiohospitals.org at the Ohio Hospital Association 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