Watson Named to Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors
Posted on September 22, 2017
Sam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, senior vice president of patient safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, was recently named to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Board of Directors.
“It is both an honor and humbling to be named to the IHI Board of Directors,” said Watson. “The IHI has an incredible history of igniting the need for improvement. They’re currently working to drive change across 33 countries. The opportunity to engage with improvement on a global scale and advance safety and quality is very exciting. I also hope to bring our experiences in Michigan into the conversation about using culture as a platform for sustainability.”
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) recently merged with IHI. As part of the merger, four former NPSF Board members were appointed to the IHI Board of Directors, including Watson. Terms are three years, and members may serve up to three terms. The merger will allow NPSF and IHI to have a greater opportunity to support efforts to improve patient safety.
“The wisdom of the IHI and NPSF joining forces is an important message,” said Watson. “There is no shortage of work to be done, and many competing activities can dilute our efforts to improve, unfortunately. We need to step back and look at where there are opportunities to combine efforts, quiet the noise and focus on what is most important, improving the quality of care and safety for all.”
Watson’s career in the healthcare industry spans more than 30 years. He joined MHA in 2001, and over the past 16 years, he has transitioned from senior director, clinical performance measurement, to associate executive director, to senior vice president of patient safety and quality. Additional information on Watson’s patient safety and quality background is available in his bio.
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