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Dr. Hartfield completed medical school in 1994 and obtained her FRCPC in Pediatrics in 1998 at the University of Saskatchewan. Her subsequent education has included a Masters in Public Health Sciences (Epidemiology) in June 2008 at the University of Alberta. She initially assumed a position as a consulting Pediatrician and as a part-time teacher at the University of Saskatchewan for 6 years. In 2005, she accepted a position in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta.

Dr. Hartfield has extensive leadership roles locally and nationally in the area of patient safety and quality improvement, and as well Pediatric hospital medicine. As a Pediatric hospitalist, on a daily basis the importance of safe care and prevention of adverse events through working in teams in collaboration with patients and families is readily apparent.  Dr. Hartfield's current roles are as Medical Director Quality, Integrated Quality Management Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services, and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.

Vision for patient safety in Canada:

Canada will have a safe and effective healthcare system that achieves best outcomes possible by empowering frontline healthcare providers partnered with the voice of patients and families to improve patient safety.

Vision for patient safety education in Canada:

Complete integration of a patient safety curriculum in all healthcare education programs and professional colleges will result in multidisciplinary teams with the knowledge, skills and ability in patient safety and quality improvement to positively affect systems change.