Mark your calendars: MHA symposium is Changing the Rules, Creating the Vision

MHA symposiumThe MHA will host its annual patient safety and quality symposium, Patient Safety: Changing the Rules, Creating the Vision, April 28 and 29 at the Dearborn Inn. The conference agenda will explore ways providers can improve patient care through patient and family engagement while increasing reliability and creating system-level change.

Featured speaker Scott Simon, National Public Radio’s popular host of Weekend Edition, will explore Americans’ fascination with integrating death and mourning into their lives via social media and delve into how healthcare leaders can create a new approach that helps people walk from fear of the unknown to peace and comfort in losing their loved one.

Following his speech, Simon will join Andrew Zolli, an acclaimed leader in the fields of social innovation and resilience and executive director of PopTech, to discuss the growing relationship between providers and community stakeholders, the importance of improving patient and family engagement, and the role leaders play in engaging their communities to support physical and mental health.

Zolli will outline models for redesigned patient care, contemporary considerations for building integrated systems, and ways to create an information-sharing, community approach to healthcare delivery. He will also discuss how fostering resilience will help an organization operate under a wide variety of circumstances, a skill needed in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Additional education sessions during the symposium will focus on building high reliability; scaling safety results across an organization; building connections among patients, families, caregivers and the community; and aligning goals and accountability.

The symposium is designed for clinical teams across the continuum of care, quality and safety professionals, patient and family advocates, healthcare executives, and business leaders. Continuing education credits are provided by the symposium joint sponsors, Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak and the Michigan Public Health Institute – Continuing Education Provider Unit, Okemos.

Individuals registering for the symposium on or before March 25 will receive an early registration discount. Questions about registration should be directed to Janice Jones at the MHA.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

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