Leadership Corner: Celebrating Change, Progress at MHA Keystone Center

Posted on September 06, 2018

The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the MHA leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.

Sam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, senior vice president of patient safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center discusses his new role at the MHA and new leadership of the MHA Keystone Center.  

Sam WatsonPeter Pronovost, MD, senior vice president for clinical strategy at UnitedHealthcare, once said, “It’s not change people dislike, it is loss.”

On Oct. 1, I will be moving to a new position within the MHA, senior vice president of field engagement. Brittany Bogan will assume my responsibility as senior vice president for quality and safety and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center. Within this role, she will continue to drive Michigan hospitals forward to make care safer. 

This change does not bring loss, but fulfillment in what we’ve accomplished over the past 15 years. The MHA Keystone Center has made a profound difference in healthcare – from the dramatic reduction in preventable harm to fewer babies born prematurely to bringing together the collective wisdom of 316 hospitals in the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. In addition, national and international hospitals alike have looked to Michigan hospitals on how to improve care and culture, and best practices have been adopted in hospitals and health systems across the world.

Additional information and the scope of work of the MHA Keystone Center from the 2017-2018 program year will be highlighted in the upcoming MHA Keystone Center Annual Report.

Whether we are the ones implementing change or are facing loss as a result, it is imperative we keep the ultimate goal in mind. For those we serve, our patients and our colleagues, we must be fiercely committed the goal of the highest quality and the safest care.

This article was featured in the MHA Keystone Center Newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Ashley Sandborn, MHA Keystone Center communications specialist.


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