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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Hires Director of Educational Programs
Date:10/30/2008

The DEP will help the Authority improve patient safety in Pennsylvania by developing educational and training programs for healthcare providers

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has hired a director of educational programs to help the Authority develop and implement educational curriculums and forums for healthcare providers based upon data received through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS).

"This new position ties in perfectly with the mission of the Authority to educate and help healthcare providers learn from events happening in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities," Mike Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "The educational aspect of what we do is paramount to prevent medical errors from occurring."

Franchesca (Fran) Charney, of Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania has been hired as the director of educational programs. Charney previously worked as a registered nurse at Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania where she held many positions including most recently its patient safety officer and risk management director. She is also president of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management's (ASHRM) Central Pennsylvania Chapter and a fellow with the Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.

Charney's other accomplishments include receiving the distinguished honor of 40 under 40 award in 1998 from the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal. She received the award for her work in developing and marketing a device that was used in various laparoscopic procedures. Charney has also participated in the Colors of Patient Safety Task Force that is responsible for mobilizing the statewide effort to standardize color-coded wristbands in Pennsylvania after a near miss was reported to the Authority and published in the Patient Safety Advisory. Since then, several other states have modeled their standardization pro
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