During these long - occasionally warmer - days of summer, we
don’t usually have to search for a reason to celebrate. However, our team at
the Canadian Patient Safety Institute has several reasons to share with you
while you enjoy the summer sun!
First of all, on behalf of CPSI, I want to offer our sincere
congratulations to friends who have been recognized with one of the highest
awards in the country. New appointees were named to the Order of
Canada last month, and we want to draw your attention to some special
recipients this year.
John Wade was named a
Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to medical education and
practice in Canada, notably for his advocacy for patient safety and quality
improvement in health care. John chaired the National Steering Committee on
Patient Safety, the task force that led to the creation of the Canadian Patient
Safety Institute. He was our “founding father”, our first board chair and
interim CEO. Congratulations, John.
Bill Tholl was named an
Officer of the Order of Canada for his exceptional commitment to advancing
healthcare in Canada, notably through his visionary leadership of some of the
country’s largest health organizations. Not only is Bill co-chair of our
Policy, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee, but he also served as
the Founding President and CEO of HealthCare CAN. He has served as CEO and Secretary
General of the Canadian Medical Association, CEO of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada, and helped draft the Canada Health Act. Congratulations,
Louise Bradley, our
cherished partner, was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her commitment
to advancing mental healthcare for Canadians, notably at the helm of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada. Congratulations, Louise.
Finally, I invite you to celebrate the progress we have made
on several initiatives this summer.
In partnership with Health
Standards Organization and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada,
we will be publishing education materials in support of Vanessa’s Law. These will
help healthcare providers and healthcare leaders identify and improve reporting
on serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents.
Thanks to you and concerned
people across Canada, we received a lot of feedback about the Canadian Quality
and Patient Safety Framework document over the past few months. We are in the
process of integrating your comments and plan to publish the results in the
next few months. A CPSI team will develop guides for different audiences to
help support implementation of the Framework.
Last but not least, we are
delighted to be working with the World Health Organization, Health Standards
Organization and CAE Inc. to celebrate the first ever World Patient Safety Day.
We have exciting media and social media campaigns planned to spread the word
across Canada about this important new global event, plus a special screening
of the documentary To Err is Human in Ottawa on September 17.
We promise to keep you updated on these campaigns and more.
Questions? Comments? My inbox is open to you anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can follow
me on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.
Yours in patient safety,