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Ohio Patient Safety Institute

Ohio's First Patient Safety Organization

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 (AHRQ). 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.

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

Webinar - Culture of Safety (1 - 2 p.m. EST)
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sponsored by Coverys and Med-IQ
Presenter: Tejal Ganhdi, MD, MPH, CPPS

Tejal K. Gandhi is the chief clinical and safety officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and president of the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, will present on culture of safety. Dr. Gandhi is a prominent advocate for patient safety at the regional, national, and international levels, driving educational and professional certification efforts and helping to create and spread innovative new safety ideas. We are pleased to offer this complimentary webinar as we partner with Dr. Gandhi to support all healthcare providers in their own journeys toward a culture of safety in patient care. 

Click here to be notified when registration opens for what will prove to be a thought provoking and inspiring webinar.

Recorded Webinars

Toolkit Materials

Monthly Resource & Educational Programs

2019 Advancing Patient Safety Conference Series

April 11
Improving STEMI and STEMI Outcomes by Collaboration and Reducing Variability

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 Best Practices

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.

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.

An award committee will review all applications and select the award recipient, subject to approval by the OPSI Board of Trustees. All submissions become the property of the Ohio Patient Safety Institute and may be used in OPSI's Learning Library activities to share best practices.

Winners
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Cleveland Clinic, Licking Memorial Health Systems

Honorable Mentions:

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
Summa Health

Honorable Mentions:

Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
Dayton Children's Hospital Cincinnati Children's Hospital & OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Honorable Mentions:

OhioHealth

Summa Akron City Hospital
Summa Health
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Summa Health
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Summa Akron City Hospital
University Hospitals Case Medical Center Aultman Hospital
 
Dayton Children's Hospital

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
  • 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
  • Jade Thompson, CPHRM, MSN, RN - Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange
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