While the board has ultimate patient safety responsibility, the CEO, C-suite, and clinical and administrative safety leadership have 24/7 operational responsibility. The board provides direction and needs safety leaders to execute. Safety leaders need the board to provide direction, oversee, and support their actions. The board and safety leaders together need the critical input of the organization's number one safety stakeholder: the patients and their families.The Patient Safety-Focused Boardroom:
The decisions and commitments made in this boardroom will result in real and sustainable improvements in patient safety.
The engaged hospital boardroom that acknowledges its patient safety responsibilities, and recognizes the organization's need to improve, is then typically faced with the questions of:
CareBoards was established by TMIT in 2010 to focus upon "Saving Lives from the Boardroom," and was specifically structured to support the boardroom to save lives and prevent patient harm.CareBoards® Mission:
CareBoards' mission is to save lives, save money, and create value in the communities we serve by providing the most effective systems, practices, and tools for hospital boardrooms to utilize in support of their patient safety improvement actions.CareBoards® Leadership Team:
CareBoards will be establishing a boardroom team of highly qualified experts in governance, executive leadership, and safety and quality from within and outside the healthcare sector. The board will provide direction, establish goals and objectives, and ensure that resources are available for CareBoards to effectively fulfill its long-term commitments to the boardroom.
CareBoards® Boardroom Support:
During the last five years, many patient safety-supporting publications, books, presentations, and tools have emerged through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Center for Healthcare Governance, the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust, the Estes Park Institute, Great Boards, The Joint Commission, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the National Quality Forum, the Governance Institute, and a number of individual authors. Great work has been accomplished by these organizations.
Yet the boardroom that desires to embark upon its improvement voyage is faced with a widely scattered set of resources, most focused upon governance or the C-suite, not the boardroom; the currency of the data varies greatly; few of these resources include safety lessons from outside healthcare; some but not all are based upon feedback evidence; none is linked to the National Quality Forum Safe Practices; and access restrictions and costs vary significantly.
CareBoards intends to build out this portal over time to engage and partner with boardrooms to inspire and support their patient safety improvement actions by providing:
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