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How to Make Hospitals Safer for Patients: Iona College to Host Presentation, Panel

Dr. Stephen Jones, medical director of safety for the Yale New Haven Health SystemDr. Stephen Jones, medical director of safety for the Yale New Haven Health System, will serve as keynote speaker for a panel discussion on hospital safety
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – For more than 18 years, the healthcare industry has recognized "To err is human" and been working to build a safer health system. 
"In much the same way Captain Sully landed a plane on the Hudson River, hospitals and healthcare professionals are transforming themselves to reduce the number of errors and operational failures to a new bare minimum," said Professor Paul Savage, director of Iona College's Health Care Management Program. "The collaboration and cultural change that this represents is critically important today, especially in light of all that is transpiring in the political landscape."
Iona College's School of Business and the Healthcare Management Program are sponsoring a presentation and panel discussion on hospital safety at the New Rochelle campus on May 3 at 6 p.m. 
The program, hosted by Professor Savage, will draw on multi-disciplinary leaders from across the industry and feature three preeminent physicians and leaders in the field. 
The keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen Jones, the medical director of safety for the Yale New Haven Health System. Along with his safety role for the multi-hospital system, he is the director of the Outpatient Center at Greenwich Hospital. He has published and lectured extensively on the leadership and management culture needed to transform organizations into "learning healthcare systems." 
Dr. Jones will be joined for a panel interaction by Dr. Craig Brant, a patient safety officer for Northern Westchester Hospital, and Dr. Peter Liebert of Boston Children's Medical Physicians (Westchester Medical Center) and an adjunct professor at Iona College. A question-and-answer period will follow.
This topic has become a critical issue for many organizations as governance leaders and executives address the quality and safety of the entire healthcare delivery system. The need for action on patient safety in hospitals has been highlighted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Health Quality. CMS regulatory agencies, as well as large health systems such as Northwell Health, Yale New Haven Health, Westchester Medical Center and others have adopted the "learning healthcare systems" model to focus on evolving the hospital culture rather than assigning blame. 
Students, healthcare industry professionals, and members of the public with an interest in hearing about improving hospital safety are encouraged to attend the event, which begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments in the Spellman Building's Burke Lounge on the Iona campus. Please RSVP to Rhonda Morris at
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.