CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: March 15, 2001
(EDITORS: Reporters interested in attending this conference should call the
UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4141 or (800) 551-9029.
UI to host patient safety and health conference April 11
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host the conference, "Enhancing
Patient Safety and Health in Iowa" on Wednesday, April 11 in the Iowa
Memorial Union to examine issues, opportunities and initiatives for improving
patient safety and health at the state and national levels.
Leaders from Iowa's hospitals, government, health care, business, labor
and insurance organizations, and other professionals in the health field are
invited to attend. Advanced registration is requested by March 28.
The event is part of a project initiated by the UI College of Public Health
and the Iowa Department of Public Health in response to the 1999 Institute
of Medicine report, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer System."
The joint project will examine patient safety and health in Iowa, with the
goal of making the state a national leader in improving patient care.
At the conference, UI researchers and state and national experts will provide
an overview of lessons learned in health care and in other fields, and address
how statewide efforts to make Iowa a national model can benefit from those
"The conference will look at current efforts to enhance patient safety
at both a national and state level," said Douglas Wakefield, Ph.D., professor
and head of health management and policy in the UI College of Public Health.
"While patients in Iowa currently receive high-quality health care, health
care providers throughout the state are dedicated to providing the highest
quality and safest care possible. Through the rapidly emerging collaborative
efforts such as this conference, Iowa can become a national leader in quality
and patient safety."
Scheduled speakers include Donald M. Berwick, M.D., president and chief
executive officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Phillip R. Lee, M.D.,
senior scholar at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California,
San Francisco; and Gordon Sprenger, president and chief executive officer,
Allina Health System.
The conference is jointly sponsored by the UI College of Public Health's
Center for Health Policy and Research; the Iowa Department of Public Health;
the UI Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry; and the UI Hospitals
and Clinics, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The conference fee is $50 for registrations received by March 28; the cost
after March 28 is $75. The fee includes continuing education credit, program
materials and lunch.
For registration information, contact the UI Center for Conferences and
Institutes at (800) 551-9029 or (319) 335-4141. A web site with conference
information and registration forms is available at: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/perspective/patientsafety/index.htm.