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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Hires Patient Safety Liaison to Help Healthcare Facilities Implement Guidance
Date:8/28/2008

The position will be based in the Northeast region with more hires planned throughout the state within the next year

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has hired a Patient Safety Liaison for the Northeast region to help healthcare facilities that report to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) improve patient safety for Pennsylvania citizens.

"Last year in focus groups with Pennsylvania Patient Safety Officers they asked for the Authority to have more of a presence in their facility. They wanted more of a face with the organization," Mike Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "This position will allow us to work with facilities on a more individual basis to reduce Serious Events or events that cause harm to the patient."

Megan Shetterly of Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania has been hired as the first Patient Safety Liaison. Shetterly previously worked as a registered nurse at the Berwick Hospital Center, where she held many positions including most recently its Patient Safety Officer and Director of Women's Health and Risk Management. She also managed and directed the Outpatient Services unit, where she was eventually promoted as Cardiac Champion for the facility in 2007.

Shetterly's other accomplishments include being named Clinical Director of the Year in 2004 and securing a $250,000 patient safety grant for the Berwick Center. She also coordinated a telethon in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to promote breast cancer awareness.

"Megan brings tremendous assets to the Authority, which will allow her to work with Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities," Doering said. "Having been in the role of Patient Safety Officer, Megan knows what the Patient Safety Officers are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. That insight will enable her to more effectively work with PSOs to overcome any obstacles they ma
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