Martin is Primary Care Lead at the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network in, Chatham, ON and the Clinical Quality Lead for Health Quality Ontario for the ESC Region. Prior roles include Vice President and Chief of Staff at Chatham Kent Health Alliance. He is a faculty member at Athabasca University and Yorkville University. He has been Program Director for the Master's Degree programs in healthcare management at Laureate Education. He has also held the position of Vice President, Chief Medical Executive, and Chief of Staff at three Ontario hospitals. In these positions, he has been responsible for organization-wide quality, patient safety and risk management. Martin is a faculty member for the online CPSO program for CPSI/HealthcareCAN.
Martin has worked with health care organizations, consulting with them on leadership development, program assessment, conflict resolution, change implementation, and strategic planning as well as working with the Ontario Hospital Association on physician leadership development & healthcare governance. Martin is an Emergency Physician and a Canadian Certified Physician Executive and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.
Vision for patient safety in Canada:
Patient safety must be the main focus for all of us involved in the delivery of health care services and the management of healthcare organizations. We need to approach this important task as a team and do it hand in hand with patients and their families. Simply doing the best we can isn't enough to ensure safety because many of the factors that lead to safety events are complex, multifactorial, and the result of systems issues. We need to raise awareness, create expertise, and manage from this systems perspective to ensure we are successful.
Vision for patient safety education in Canada:
Many of us are trained in specific disciples and then bring these skills and abilities to the workplace. I think we need to approach safety from a more interdisciplinary perspective and have educational systems and practices that get us thinking and working in teams towards creating systems of patient safety. Safety is not the jurisdiction of any one person but a collaboration of many.