Patient Safety Summit Learning Facilitators

Virginia (Ginny) Davis, EdD, RN, CPHQ, Vice President, Clinical Transformation and Informatics, Catholic Health Care East

Davis is vice president of clinical transformation and informatics at Catholic Health Care East, providing leadership and guidance in a system of 35 acute care hospitals. She is an expert in clinical informatics, clinical transformation, healthcare administration, quality improvement, utilization and care management, and risk management.

Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor, Yale School of Nursing

Funk has been on the faculty at the Yale School of Nursing since 1984 with a research focus on the wise use of technology in the care of critically ill patients with heart disease.

She studies the appropriate and safe use of technology, its equitable distribution and the human-machine interface. The use of a particular type of technology — electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring — is a thread throughout her research career.

Lucian Leape, MD, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Chair, Lucian Leape Institute at National Patient Safety Foundation

Lucian Leape is a health policy analyst whose research has focused on patient safety and quality of care. Before joining the faculty at Harvard in 1988, he was professor of surgery and chief pediatric surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and the New England Medical Center.

Leape is internationally recognized as an early leader of the patient safety movement. He has published more than 100 papers on patient safety and quality of care and has been an outspoken advocate for the nonpunitive systems approach to the prevention of medical errors. Leape was a guiding force in the development of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s landmark 2013 report, “Through the Eyes of the Workforce: Creating Joy, Meaning, and Safer Health Care.”

Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, Interim President, National Patient Safety Foundation

McGaffigan is the interim president and vice president of program strategy and management at the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). McGaffigan works to ensure the foundation’s vision and mission are executed.

A past chair of the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors, before joining NPSF, she applied her clinical knowledge and interest in improved patient outcomes in the private sector, holding leadership positions with BG Medicine, Philips Healthcare, Aspect Medicine and Nellcor.

Nathaniel M. Sims, MD, Founder, Massachusetts General Hospital SimsLab and Departments of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Sims is a clinician, teacher, cardiac anesthesiologist and medical adviser to Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also an assistant professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

Sims is a strategic and hands-on innovator who has developed numerous technologies that make patient care safer and more efficient. Working in interdisciplinary teams involving biomedical engineering, nursing and various hospital departments, Sims and his colleagues have pioneered improvements in patient monitoring, patient transport and error-free intravenous drug delivery systems.

Karen Zimmer, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, ECRI Institute

At ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care, Zimmer holds dual roles as medical director of the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization and the Patient Safety, Quality and Risk Group.

In these roles, she has been instrumental in designing numerous ECRI Institute systems including the adverse event reporting system and toolkits for patient safety officers. Zimmer has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and a decade of patient safety and quality experience.


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