President's Message

Connect with Peers While Focusing on Patient Safety at Annual Conference

Hoping you’ve made plans to attend next month’s HQI Annual Conference, but if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to register. This year, we’re gathering in Lake Tahoe on Oct. 15-16 for the chance to connect and reconnect with peers and experts, and to tap into patient safety excellence, while zeroing in on zero-harm care.  

Despite the numerous challenges your hospitals are facing, I know that patient safety remains a consistent focus. That’s why we have a packed agenda that will provide insights and support you in helping your hospitals manage patient safety.  

The conference will be bookended by two inspiring speakers, both with their own unique perspectives on health care. Allison Massari will give the opening keynote — Transforming Lives: The Heart and Soul of Health Care. You’ll hear about her experience, and she will shine a light on the caregiver’s immense value to a patient who is suffering. She will share unforgettable stories that reveal the potent impact each provider had on her journey, and how some of the most dramatic healing occurred in a matter of seconds.  

The day will close with a keynote from RaDonda Vaught, a Tennessee nurse who made headlines last year when she went on trial for the death of one of her patients. Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult after accidentally administering the wrong medication. In a rare speaking appearance, RaDonda will share the impact this sentinel event has had on her life and her profession, along with the implications of the legal actions that followed. She is a passionate advocate for safety and improvement, and her story is one that is not easily forgotten. 

In between will be the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on four tracks — health equity, data, general patient safety, and workforce support — that cover a wide range of topics, including:  

  • Workplace violence 
  • Avoiding caregiver burnout 
  • Building CMS-compliant health equity programs 
  • Ending preventable morbidity, mortality, and racial disparities in maternity care 
  • Innovations in health care – next-level data integration 

I hope you’ll join us next month as we highlight successes, celebrate achievements, and chart a course that leads to higher-quality patient care.