CPPS Governance and Oversight

CPPS Governance and Oversight

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) is an elected body that has strategic and fiduciary oversight of the CPPS certification program.

The CPPS Expert Oversight Committee (EOC), as an advisory body to the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS), is responsible for overseeing the examination and recredentialing processes for the CPPS credential and ensuring that certification continues to meet the high standards required for the profession.

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Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety

  • Rollin J. "Terry" Fairbanks, MD, MS, CPPS
    CBPPS Vice Chair
    Senior Vice President and Chief Quality and Safety Officer
    MedStar Health
    Professor of Emergency Medicine
    Georgetown University
  • Martin (Marty) Hatlie, JD
    CBPPS Public Member
    Co-Founder, Patients for Patient Safety US
    President and CEO, Project Patient Care
  • Michelle Jackson, MSN, RN, SCRN, NE-BC, CPPS, CPHQ
    Division Assistant Vice President of Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence
    HCA Healthcare Houston Gulf Coast Division
  • Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS 
    Ex Officio
    CBPPS President
    Vice President, Delivery
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement​
  • Sam Shen, MD, MBA, CPPS
    Patient Safety Officer/Associate Chief Quality Officer, Stanford Healthcare
    Professor of Emergency Medicine, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Sam R. Watson, MSA, MT(ASCP), CPPS, CAE
    CBPPS Secretary
    Senior Vice President, Field Engagement
    Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center 
  • Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA 
    CBPPS Chair
    Founder and CEO
    Achieving Equity LLC
  • Wade J. Westhoff, CFP®, AIF®
    CBPPS Treasurer and Public Member
    The Westhoff Group, Raymond James

CPPS Expert Oversight Committee​​​

  • ​Kathryn Rapala, DNP, JD, RN, CPPS
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Franchesca J. Charney, RN, MS, CPHRM, CPPS, CPHQ, CPSO, DFASHRM
    Director, Risk Management
    American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • Kerry Dease, RN, MSN, IA, CPHRM, CPPS
    Clinical Risk Manager
    Southwest General Health Center, Partnering with University Hospitals
  • Barbara Olson, RN, MS, CPPS, FISMP
    Chief Clinical Officer
    Executive Lead, Healthcare Operations
    Outcome Engenuity
  • Alicia B. Perry, PharmD, CPPS
    Manager Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Residency Director
    Pharmacy Services, Clinical Services Group
  • Gail Shulby, RN, MA, CPPS
    Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President
    Duke University Health System
  • Louise White, MS, RN, CPPS, CPHQ
    Patient Safety/Infection Control Nurse
    Bluegrass Care Navigators

CPPS Review Courses

IHI offers live and on-demand review courses to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies.

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