This position provides leadership and management for University of Utah Health System’s Patient Safety program and serves as the organization’s Patient Safety Officer. It focuses on patient safety culture, prioritization of patient safety work, and developing highly reliable processes. Critical elements are strategic vision, planning, leadership in patient safety principles; and identification, analytics and process improvement to address factors that pose risk to patients or which contribute to patient harm. This incumbent will provide insight into patient safety performance and make recommendations for improving culture and clinical performance.
This position serves as a catalyst within the system to move the organization forward; supporting a strong patient safety culture and high reliability processes. The incumbent provides input, including data and review reports, to strategic decisions that affect the patient safety program, works collaboratively with executives, clinical and operational leadership and front line teams to develop objectives and goals for the system. This position is responsible to identify and address factors that may contribute to adverse patient outcomes or harm, ensure clinical services are delivered in compliance with federal and state safety standards, develop and implement patient safety related policies, procedures and guidelines, and negotiates terms of patient safety related service agreements.
Department Overview: Reports directly to the Senior Director of System Quality, Patient Safety and Value. Responsibilities are structured around the administration of the Patient Safety Department with responsibilities encompassing patient safety-related work across the health system.
Bachelor’s degree in a clinical field.
Three years’ experience imbedded with clinical teams.
Three years’ working in patient safety using high reliability principles.
Three years progressive management and strategic planning experience.
Working knowledge of patient safety principles.
Internal Number: 31139
About University of Utah Health
University of Utah Health was ranked 35th in the nation as one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes in 2018, and is the only health care provider from the state of Utah to receive the designation. University of Utah Health credits its employees for its national ranking as a Top 10 Academic Medical Center for quality and safety for NINE consecutive years. In addition to its placement on the Top 10 list, U of U Health placed fifth for Excellence in Ambulatory Care! This is the fourth year in a row the U has been ranked in the Top 5 for delivering high-quality, patient-centered, efficient and effective outpatient care. The University of Utah Hospital also received the award for the Best Hospital in Utah in 2018!
Not surprisingly, health care organizations with higher levels of staff engagement also have higher patient satisfaction scores, better staff retention, and a stronger culture of safety. It’s a great place to work and live, and the nation is taking note!
As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of col...laboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA