CPSI announces new organizational
EDMONTON – Hugh B.
MacLeod (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Patient
Safety Institute, is pleased to announce a new organizational structure
that is designed to support the CPSI’s mandate of promoting safe care.
The CPSI is aligning its priorities with provincial, territorial and
national policy. It aims to be a responsive, agile and selective
organization driven by whatever it takes to help its partners make
To bridge CPSI activities with its flagship program – Safer Healthcare
Now! (SHN), the organization has appointed four regional leads, each
with additional national responsibilities.
• Theresa Fillatre, former SHN Node Leader, will assume CPSI regional
lead for the Atlantic provinces, as well as national lead for Safer
• Paula Blackstien-Hirsch, Executive Director of the Centre for
Healthcare Quality Improvement at the Change Foundation until March
31st, 2011, will assume the CPSI regional lead for Ontario, and the
national lead for new product lines.
• Paula Beard will be CPSI regional lead for the Western provinces and
will be the national lead for CPSI initiatives related to supporting
others with the success of recognizing, responding to and reducing
patient safety incidents.
• Markirit Armutlu will continue as the CPSI and SHN regional lead for
Quebec, maintaining the National Leadership for French language programs
Laurel Taylor, former Executive Director of CPSI, will assume the role
of Chief Operations Officer, CPSI. In addition, through her Ottawa-based
team, Laurel will have the national lead on Effective Governance for
Quality and Patient Safety, Patient Safety Education Project – Canada,
Simulation, Patient Safety Competencies, Research, and regional lead for
In ensuring all that CPSI does is a must see – must read moment, Cecilia
Bloxom will continue her role as Director of Communications for CPSI and
with her team will be the national lead for Canadian Patient Safety
Week, Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement,
The Improving Care Search Centre and the Improving Care Library.
To further develop CPSI’s co-investment opportunities and formal
alliances, Robert Vandervelde, former Manager of Finance, will become
Director of Finance and Business Development. Robert will also co-lead
the development and maintenance of the CPSI Balanced Scorecard.
In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer, Hugh MacLeod will be
active on the Medication Reconciliation file. Leading this important
initiative will be Marie Owen as Medication Reconciliation Lead –
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Posted March 24, 2011