The 5th Annual SC Patient Safety Symposium, held
April 25 in Columbia, SC, proved to be a valuable experience for both of us! We
learned a lot about patient safety and had the opportunity to her many leading
experts in the field.
(We would first like to thank the South Carolina Hospital
Association (SCHA) for sponsoring our attendance and for its constant support
of the IHI Open School Chapters in the state of South Carolina.)
Here’s a rundown of our experience:
- We kicked things off by meeting with leaders
within the IHI Open School community, including the members of University of
South Carolina’s IHI Open School Chapter and our two Southeast Regional
- As the Symposium began, we took front row seats
and listened to Maureen Bisognano, CEO of the Institute of Healthcare
Improvement. She first recognized our
state for the strides South Carolina has made in decreasing health disparities
between populations, especially in Columbia.
Bisognano spoke briefly about the Triple Aim and recognized areas for
health care improvement. Bisognano then
introduced Regina Holliday, a painter and patient advocate who painted representations
of both the provider and patient perspective throughout the conference.
- Next, Dr. Atul Gawande spoke about the future of
Safe Surgery 2015, and the
progress of South Carolina as a pilot state.
- After a short break, Dr. Eric Coleman from the
University of Colorado spoke about the Care
- At lunch, the few students in attendance were
recognized and the Lewis
Blackman Patient Safety Awards were presented to honor deserving individuals
from around the state. (The lunch, accompanied by the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, was
- As our day wrapped up, we were fortunate to
spend some time talking with Maureen, Dr. Rick Foster, SCHA Vice President of
Quality and Patient Safety, our IHI Open School Regional Coordinators, and
patient advocate Helen Haskell (Lewis Blackman’s mother).
We are grateful we had this opportunity through our involvement
with IHI Open School!
- Susie Robinson and Amanda Hobbs, President and Vice President, Clemson University IHI Open School Chapter
Originally posted on May 22, 2012