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Focusing on Patient Safety in South Carolina

By IHI Open School | Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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 Coordinators. 
  • 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 Transitions Program.
  • 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 delicious.
  • 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

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