Sam Watson

Senior Vice President, Patient Safety & Quality

Sam Watson, MSA, MT(ASCP), CPPS, is senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

Since coming to the MHA, Watson has led multi-state efforts to improve patient safety and quality including federally funded Hospital Engagement Networks, Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and the inauguration of several statewide quality initiatives including surgery, obstetrics, hospital-associated infections, emergency department, sepsis, falls, pressure ulcers, venous thromboembolism and care transitions. This body of work has resulted in the receipt of the Eisenberg Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality Award and the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for healthcare improvement. Prior to leading the MHA Keystone Center, Watson was in the MHA Data Services Corporation where he oversaw the national launch of the core measures clinical data collection system;
Prior to coming to the MHA, Watson was director of Quality and Pastoral Care where he was responsible for leadership of a hospital quality program, including the development of a health system patient safety scorecard.  
Watson has a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science from Ferris State University, master’s degree from Central Michigan University, has completed the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship and is a certified patient safety professional.
He is a senior fellow with the HRET and affiliated with several professional organizations and committees including the Spectrum Health – Pennock Board of Directors, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety certification expert oversight committee, and the Michigan Association of Home Care and Hospice Board of Directors.

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