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COVID-19 Continues to Expose the Urgent Need for a National Patient Safety Authority

We knew before COVID-19 that the U.S. health system poorly protected patients and workers. The number of preventable errors leading to death and injury has been horrifyingly stagnant for decades, and previous efforts to build quality e...
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COVID Reveals What We’ve Known for 20+ years: Our Nation Can’t Keep Patients Safe

It took a pandemic to demonstrate vividly that although our nation has at least 17 associations, agencies, organizations, and consumer groups responsible for keeping healthcare patients and workers safe, we do a bad job. Although ...
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Patient Safety Bottoms Out in the Pandemic: Does this Convince a Nation that the U.S. is Unprepared to Protect the Safety of its Population?

As the U.S. views the grim details of a healthcare system unprepared for the overwhelming threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also face a reality that we have, for too long, neglected to protect our patients. Alarmed by the horrif...
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Swerve Meets Again – This Time in Washington, D.C.

Swerve is Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's (PRHI) latest effort to reduce America's appalling medical error rate. With partners around the country, PRHI has worked for more than two decades on improvement, but the solutions aren...
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Health Care’s Leading Minds Discuss Data Usage and Enhancing Value

The annual Snowbird Health Summit in Utah is an opportunity to gather some of health care's great minds to envision the future of health care. Attended by 32 leading experts – physicians, data scientists, government health policy leade...
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A Swerve in Patient Safety Strategy Kicks Off in Boston

Swerve is the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's latest effort to reduce America's appalling medical error rate. A generation after the first studies documented the extensive deadly harm endemic in American medicine, medical error...
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Salk Fellows pitch solutions to transform medical error

On November 21, over 60 people gathered at the QIT Center to attend the 2019 Salk Health Activist Fellowship Finale to hear five fellows pitch their political platform to address medical error. The invite-only event featured a diverse ...
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Reflections from Salzburg: From Exploration to Forcible Action

A Note from Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD As a participant at the Salzburg Global Forum's session on patient safety last month, I was in the company of true luminaries in our field. Forty-four participants hailed from 16 countries includin...
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Maternal Health-Focused Patient Safety Fellowship Kicks Off

Where is the safest and most comprehensive perinatal program in Pennsylvania? How are maternal health practitioners factoring "implementation science" into their programs? On June 4, this summer's Patient Safety Fellowship kicked off w...
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26th Princeton Conference Posits Where Next? Twenty Years After "To Err is Human"

Karen Feinstein again participated as a member of the planning committee and a session moderator at the 26th Annual Princeton Conference, held May 21-23, 2019. JHF has been a long-time sponsor of this important platform for bringing to...
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PRHI Coordinates Statewide Learning Network for PCMH Program

As part of coordinating a statewide Learning Network for the primary care practices in the Medicaid HealthChoices Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) held two regional sessions...
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Milton Fine's Legacy for Rewarding Teamwork Excellence in Health Care

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation pays tribute to the life and work of Milton Fine, who died March 27 at the age of 92.  Milt's contributions to Pittsburgh's cultural life and the Jewish community are well-known, as is his business...
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Indiana University Renames Graduate School for Paul O'Neill, PRHI Co-Founder

Paul O'Neill, co-founder of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, has made a major gift to Indiana University, the educational institution he calls "instrumental in preparing me for all that followed" and for instilling "intellect...
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At Snowbird Health Summit, JHF Advances Work of Patient Safety

The third annual Snowbird Health Summit, with a sponsorship this year by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, brought together 50 prominent thought leaders in health care to speak freely about the future of health. Held at the Snowbi...
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PRHI Deepens Perfecting Patient Care℠ Training at Community LIFE

 A new round of Perfecting Patient Care (PPC)℠ training at Community LIFE got underway in February, deepening a relationship that started in 2016. More than 50 mid-to-senior level leadership staff from Community LIFE (Living Indep...
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JAMA Article on Building Trust in Health Care Cites Contribution by Karen Feinstein

JHF President and CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein received a citation in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) for her contribution to a February 2019 article, "A Framework for Increasing Trust Between Patients and the Organizati...
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JHF Retreat Envisions a New Era of Activist Healthcare Boards

While the U.S. health system performs miraculous acts of healing, it also commits serious acts of harm. Each year in the U.S., between 250,000 to 440,000 people die due to preventable medical error. An estimated 40% of healthcare spend...
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