Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.
The Department of Quality and Patient Safety at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full time Patient Safety Officer.
The Patient Safety Officer reports to the AVP for Quality and Safety, and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the hospital’s patient safety program. The Patient Safety Officer will be a proven leader of culture change in a health care environment, capable of galvanizing hospital staff and medical staff on the journey toward zero patient harm and high reliability. The Patient Safety Officer maintains a NYS professional health care license and will use their clinical background and expertise in human factors engineering to promote safety culture through safety event analysis, process redesign, just culture and staff education. In addition, the successful candidate will:
Collaborate with hospital leadership to set the hospital’s goals and priorities for patient safety and to develop and implement the hospital’s quality and safety plan.
Function as a change agent, mentor and coach, guiding the hospital’s journey toward high reliability and zero patient harm, collaborating with other hospital leaders to build a safety culture throughout the institution.
Review, develop, and facilitate implementation of structures, policies/plans, guidelines and processes to successfully meet organization’s goals and address patient safety related regulatory requirements such as National Patient Safety Goals and Failure Mode Effect Analysis. Facilitate ongoing compliance with patient safety statutory mandates, regulatory requirements, and accreditation standards.
Investigate patient safety events and plan and prioritize projects, developing and implementing solutions and monitoring risk reduction strategies. Perform root cause analysis as requested by the AVP of Quality and Patient Safety.
Facilitate creation and maintenance of safe and reliable systems and processes to achieve zero harm using appropriate methodologies such as human factors engineering and Lean or Six Sigma. Function as project manager on patient safety initiatives as needed and/or assigned.
Implement and maintain an effective patient safety auditing process.
Develop, implement and maintain a robust Patient Safety Dashboard(s) for tracking and trending of patient safety priorities, requirements, and initiatives.
Utilize, integrate, analyze and monitor data to assist in patient safety improvement efforts and related corrective action plans.
Develop, implement and maintain a current robust patient safety education and training program for the organization.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the hospital’s patient safety program on an ongoing basis and submit and present reports at timeframes defined by the AVP of Quality and Patient Safety.
Collaborate with clinical and non-clinical leaders and staff to ensure improvements are data driven and evidence-based.
Establish relationships with key stakeholders to drive desired patient safety improvements and collaborate with senior management team, department leaders medical leaders, medical staff, frontline staff and all stakeholders in planning, implementation of patient safety initiatives, and achievement and sustainability of desired results.
Appropriately aligns patient safety processes and resources to achieve desired goals efficiently and effectively.
Oversee special projects and perform other duties as assigned by the AVP of Quality and Patient Safety and/or Chief Quality Officer.
New York State Registered Nurse or other health care related license.
3-years of experience in health care quality, regulatory, risk or safety, or related field.
Experience with CMS and hospital’s accrediting organization regulatory patient safety requirements.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to manage several projects at once.
Excellent computer skills.
3-years of clinical experience. Data analytics experience and training.
2-years functioning as a coach and/or facilitator of project teams in a health care setting.
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ); or Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM).
2-years of experience in a leadership position related to quality, patient safety, regulatory or risk; progressive experience preferred.
Experience in training in human factors engineering or Lean Management or Six Sigma certification.
Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.
Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.
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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine, Health Related Professions, Nursing and its School of Graduate Studies offer students a broad professional education that will prepare them for practice or careers in any location and community. This education provides exceptional opportunities for those students with a commitment to promoting health in urban communities and addressing the complex challenges of investigating and preventing diseases that confront clinicians, educators, and researchers in such an environment. This special aspect of Downstate's unique mission is reflected in the students it attracts and selects, the vast majority of whom are drawn from the New York City Metropolitan area. Many of these students are members of minority and cultural groups underrepresented in the health professions, and/or come from families of first-generation immigrants or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.