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Solutions to Northeast Florida’s opioid crisis to be spotlighted at 2018 regional QSEN Patient Safety Forum

The latest on a city pilot program to reduce overdose deaths in the region’s opioid abuse epidemic, plus a cautionary tale from Mothers Against Medical Errors’ founder, whose 15-year-old son died in a hospital after routine surgery, highlight the 2018 regional Patient Safety Forum at Jacksonville University March 2. 

The event, which brings together hundreds of health care professionals from across the Southeast, also spotlights the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University, as well as the vital role of interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure patient safety.

JU Profs. Teri Chenot and Roberta Christopher.

“Patient Safety Forum attendees will gain new information from internationally recognized experts,” said forum co-organizer and JU QSEN center co-director Dr. Teri Chenot, Associate Professor of Nursing. “They will be able to disseminate that knowledge at their healthcare organizations during National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11-17.”

A full agenda is below for the event, which takes place in the JU Davis College of Business first-floor conference rooms. Some of the speakers and panelists at the forum include:

Raymond Pomm

Raymond Pomm, medical director for River Region Human Services and Gateway Community Services, which have partnered on Project Save Lives, a $1.5 million, six-month pilot program to reduce opioid overdoses, deaths and recidivism with St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside.



Helen Haskell

Helen Haskell, president of the nonprofit Mothers Against Medical Error, whose young son Lewis Blackman died from internal bleeding over 30 hours in 2000 in one of South Carolina’s most modern hospitals, while those caring for him missed signs he was in grave peril. She has worked to improve health care safety and quality in medical education, patient-activated rapid response, infection prevention, medical error disclosure and patient empowerment.

Capt. David Collins

Capt. David Collins, Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, who along with other healthcare executives will discuss strategies to ensure a community’s Emergency Preparedness. Collins was deployed as executive officer, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2013-14, supporting NATO troops in combat in the Global War on Terror.

In its second year, the Patient Safety Forum at Jacksonville University helps interdisciplinary healthcare professionals network and learn more about patient safety from internationally recognized experts, to improve quality of care and health outcomes. More than 200 professionals including healthcare administrators, healthcare providers, nurse leaders, academic faculty, educators, quality/risk managers, medical residents, and students from across the region are expected to attend.

The event is founded and organized by QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University co-directors Dr. Chenot, who is also a board member of the national QSEN Institute, and Dr. Roberta Christopher, Assistant Professor in JU’s Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences. Sponsors include Baptist Health, Shadow Health, the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, UF Health Jacksonville, and the North Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

For more information, visit https://www.ju.edu/qsen/events-presentations/patient-safety-forum-2018.php or contact JU News Director Phillip J. Milano at pmilano@ju.edu or (904) 256-7042.

About the QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University

The QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University addresses the challenge of building nurses and other healthcare professionals’ knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work. The goal of the national QSEN Institute is to create an international network of nurses and other healthcare professionals who contribute to quality and safety educational resources and scholarship. The aim of the center at JU is to promote synergy to foster quality and safety education and scholarship at the regional level.

2018 Patient Safety Forum Schedule

March 2

QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Registration, Breakfast Buffet, and Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.: Welcome & Introductions

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Moving Forward in Patient Safety: A National and International Imperative

Speaker: Gwen Sherwood, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF,  Professor and Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

9:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.: Break – Refreshments and Exhibits

9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.: The Opioid Epidemic in Northeast Florida – Innovative Solutions

Speakers: Moderator David Rice, MD, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL. Panelists Ashley Norse, MD, FACEP, Director of Operations, UF Health – Jacksonville Department of Emergency Medicine, Jacksonville, FL; Raymond Pomm, MD, Vice President of Medical Services, River Region Human Services, Medical Director, Gateway Community Services, Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; Michael Sorna, MD, MSA, MRO, Chief, Medication Assisted Treatments for Substance Use Disorders, North Florida/South Georgia Department of Veteran Affairs, Jacksonville, FL;

10:25 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Break – Refreshments and Exhibits

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Inter-professional Simulation to Develop “Practice-Ready” Practitioners

Speaker: Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.: Lunch and Learn

Enjoy casual discussions while networking with other attendees during your lunch break in the DCOB Conference rooms.

Optional Exhibits:

Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Tours, departing every 10 minutes from the Forum registration table.

Exercise is Medicine (Recharge! session), 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in DCOB, room 114. Bring your lunch. Speakers Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Associate Dean, School of Applied Health Sciences, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, Jacksonville University;       Carena S. Winters, PhD, MPH, FACSM, ACSM-CEP, EIM Level III, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, Jacksonville University

12:35 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: 2018 Robert Wears Patient Safety Award

Presenter: Steven A. Godwin, MD, FACEP, Professor, Chairman and Chief of Service, Department of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean, Simulation Education, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville

12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.: The Lewis Blackmon Story: A Mother’s Journey in Patient Safety

Speaker: Helen Haskell, MA, Founder and President – Mothers Against Medical Errors, Columbia, SC, President – Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, Chicago, IL

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Break – Exhibits

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Improving Patient Safety in an Academic Medical Center

Speakers: Kelly Gray-Eurom, MD, MMM, FACEP, Chief Quality Officer, UF Health Jacksonville, Assistant Dean of Quality and Safety, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; Susan Hendrickson, RN, CPHQ, FACHE, FNAHQ, Division Director – Quality/Patient Safety, Patient Safety Officer, UF Health Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Break – Exhibits & Refreshments

3:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.: Ensuring Your Community’s Emergency Preparedness

Speakers: Moderator – Capt. James Schaudel, Health and Medical Coordinator, City of Jacksonville – Emergency Preparedness Division, Jacksonville, FL; Panelists – Capt. David Collins, Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; Capt. William Todd, DO, MBA, Executive Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL; Wes Marsh, Jr. MBA, CCHW, FPEM-HC, CHEP, NHDP-BC, System Emergency Management Coordinator, Brooks Rehabilitation,Jacksonville, FL; Lee Newsome, CEM, MEP, CHS-V, HICS National Advisory Committee, CEO/Training and Exercise Manager, EREC, Inc., Ocala, FL

4:40 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Wrap-up, Evaluations / Certificates, Adjourn