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Friday, September 11 • 10:40am - 11:25am
Creating Joy, Meaning, And Safer Health Care

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Topic Overview: In this presentation, we will review the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) report Through the Eyes of the Workforce: Creating Joy, Meaning and Safer Healthcare and make the argument that worker safety is a fundamental precondition to patient safety. We will describe the epidemiology of physical and psychological harms that healthcare workers face, as well as organizational strategies to bring a higher priority to this issue. Key recommendations from the report will be discussed, with an emphasis on takeaways that participants can bring back to their organizations. In particular, the need to tighten the linkage between occupational health and patient safety will be highlighted. Please see this link for the full report and recommendations: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.npsf.org/resource/resmgr/LLI/Through-Eyes-of-the-Workforc.pdf.


  1. Describe the main types of physical harm experienced by the healthcare workforce.
  2. Describe the main types of physical harm experienced by the healthcare workforce
  3. Identify potential organizational strategies for prevention that can be implemented in organizations.     
  4. Recognize the linkage between workforce safety and patient safety.

avatar for Doug Bonacum, BS MBA CPPS

Doug Bonacum, BS MBA CPPS

Doug Bonacum is Vice President, Quality, Safety and Resource Management for Kaiser Permanente. He has been with the organization since July 1994.Bonacum was previously Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for two large manufacturing facilities of Tyco/North American Printed Circuits... Read More →
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Kathy Gerwig

Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and not-for-profit health plans serving 10 million members. She is responsible for eliminating workplace... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 10:40am - 11:25am PDT
Pacific Concourse L&M

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