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Former Nuclear-Powered Submarine Captain Advises LifeWings on Patient Safety
Date:12/30/2013

Collierville, Tennessee (PRWEB) December 30, 2013

Vice Admiral John Bird joins the LifeWings Board of Governors. As a career nuclear-powered submarine officer, Admiral Bird brings a unique perspective on high reliability safety systems to the world of patient safety. His experience on both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets equips John with a comprehensive understanding of the usefulness of checklists, crosschecks, and standardized work in eliminating human error. Admiral Bird served on five different submarines during his Navy career. His leadership and expertise in achieving error-free operational excellence in this demanding underwater environment resulted in his being awarded the Naval Submarine League's Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command.

After completing his naval career by serving as the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Bird joined the LifeWings Partners’ Board of Governors to lend his know-how in systems design and leadership to their award-wining patient safety programs. “Nuclear powered submarines and healthcare organizations are strikingly similar in that both are extremely unforgiving of error. The consequences of mistakes can be devastating,” says Admiral Bird. “Both professions demand that its leaders implement systems to support safe practice. I look forward to contributing a lifetime of knowledge in those safety systems to LifeWings, and helping their industry-leading programs remain on the cutting edge of effectiveness.”

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