Lighting up the UCI Health power plant to create visible recognition of healthcare worker efforts

To bring recognition of this important day, we are lighting up the UCI Health power plant in orange on both September 16th and 17th, as this symbolic gesture represents a very visible public recognition of healthcare worker efforts.
To help to increase awareness we are providing UCI Health team members with orange ribbons to wear on 9/17.
We will handout blue and orange COVID screening wristbands on 9/17.
We are encouraging UCI Health team members to join the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s #uniteforsafecare virtual event being held on 9/17.
We are promoting World Patient Safety Day on our UCI Health Social Media Sites.
We are recommending Charity Miles participation to our patient safety and quality team.

World Patient Safety Day Campaign

São Paulo city, São Paulo state, Brazil

  • September 15th at 8 p.m.: O Fator Humano na Aviação:Quais lições os profissionais da saúde podem aprender com a área de segurança na aviação – The Human Factor in Aviation: which lessons healthcare professionals can learn from aviation security.
  • September 22nd at 08 p.m.: Abordagem à Segunda Vítima de Evento Adverso – Security beyond human error
  • September 29th at 08 p.m.: Segurança para Além do Erro Humano: Estratégias para um plano eficiente de cuidados aos profisionais de saúde – An approach to the Second Adverse Event Victim: Strategies on how to implement efficient plans to take care of health professionals

NAHQ NEXT – Virtual Annual Conference

NAHQ NEXT 2020, a fully virtual experience taking place September 14-16, will consist of competency- and solution-based sessions as well as professional development and career sessions to help healthcare quality professionals, re-center their focus and continue to thrive in their career. Healthcare and quality professionals face a unique position in a special time in history to demonstrate indispensable value, to pivot and take on new challenges through acquired skills and knowledge, across the continuum of care. Now, more than ever, healthcare quality professionals have the opportunity to demonstrate a whole new level of value to their employer and community. NAHQ is excited about its content collaboration with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) for the September 16 sessions, presented by PSMF expert speakers. To learn more and to register, visit

Patient Safety Movement Foundation: NAHQ NEXT

Demonstrate your indispensable value, no matter how or where you serve across the continuum of care! NAHQ NEXT 2020, a fully virtual experience, will consist of competency- and solution-based sessions, as well as professional development and career sessions. Engage with best-in-class faculty in an unprecedented way September 14-16, 2020, from the comfort of your own home or office. Plus, use coupon code PSMF to receive an exclusive discounted rate. Learn more and register by August 31!

Gearing Towards Zero Harm – Unite for Safe Care!

We are celebrating the Global Patient Safety Day by having a whole week affair to kick start our program “Gearing towards Zero Harm”, engaging the hospital staff towards patient safety, educating the patients and family on safe care, recognition of members of the Patient Quality of Care Task force which will implement the PSM APSS. There will booth and Safety talks and games and contests to engage, encourage, learn, and be advocates of patient safety!

Patient Safety Week Program:

Booth Activities:
Opening Ceremony (14 September at 10 AM)
Games: Spot the Error
Zero Harm Commitment Board

Patient Safety Photo Contest (Individual Contest)
Patient Experience Writing Contest (Individual Contest)
Patient Safety Group Photo and Tagline Contest (Group Contest): QMD Staff will visit each department to take their photos with their chosen patient safety tagline

Virtual Safety Talk (14, 17 and 18 September 2020)
Video showing (JCI Target Zero Harm Videos)
Games and Entertainment
3 Days Virtual Safety Talk: 5 Speakers were chosen and these are the topics that they will discuss:
Medication Safety, The 7 Rights: Ms. Vu Thi Lan Huong, Head Nurse Paediatric Ward
Patient and Family Engagement: Dr. Basma MBarek, Head of Oncology Department
Post-Operative Delirium in Older Adults: Dr. Henri Maries, Deputy Director, Anesthesiologist
Project Zero Harm: Dr. Juan Lucas, Quality Management Director

Awarding Ceremony (18 September 2020):
Awarding of the Winners of Contests and Games
Awarding of the Patient Quality of Care Task Force Members
Games and Entertainment
Zero Commitment Pledge lead by Dr. Juan Rosas Lucas Quality Management Director


During National Healthcare Simulation week 2020, the Gordon Center will be streaming five days of simulations on Facebook Live with special guest host, and former WPLG anchor, Neki Mohan

Tune in Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 18th every day at 12pm EST as we go live with our Gordon Center and some of our trusted partners and experts in the field.

Monday: Virtual Remote Learning
Join us as our very own Dr. Ross J. Scalese and Samantha Syms, MS, CHSE take you through a behind the scenes tour of The Gordon Center and conduct a live simulation of our acclaimed Standardized Patient Program.

Tuesday: Trauma and Extrication
Captian Stephen Martell will be broadcasting from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Training Headquarters for a LIVE extrication simulation with the nationally-ranked Blackhearts Extrication Team

Wednesday: Future of Telemedicine
Join Gordon Center’s Director of Operations Al Brotons and Lt. Marco Gonzalez (Hialeah Fire Rescue) for an exclusive look at our telemedicine command center. See the newest telemedicine capabilities designed and developed at the Gordon Center to enable paramedics and first responders to connect with clinicians in area hospitals right from their fire rescue trucks!

Thursday: Patient Safety
In observation of World patient Safety Day, Gordon Center’s Assistant Director, Dr. Ivette Motola will reinforce the importance of patient safety training and discuss how simulations improve patient safety in hospitals and other medical facilities.

Friday: Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS)
The Gordon Center’s ASLS curriculum is widely utilized around the world by nearly 10,000 learners and healthcare providers and educational institutions. Dr. Ivette Motola will share the story about how this simulation-based training has helped save countless lives around the world.

The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation Quiz Show

The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation is hosting a VIRTUAL QUIZ SHOW on September 13th to honor our healthcare heroes and celebrate World Patient Safety Day! We will have 6 rounds of trivia hosted live from New York by Brian Balthazar. Our Weezie’s Angels Healthcare Heroes will be recognized throughout the evening for their extraordinary work in caring for patients. Gather with your friends and family around a smart TV or computer for the program and grab your phone to play trivia. We will have prizes and giveaways. It’s easy and fun, and you can play from anywhere!

Collective Intelligence to Tackle Preventable Patient Death

We’ll collect and share all kinds of ideas and tools to improve patient safety and quality of care. The collective intelligence is one of the most effective ways to discover new strategies for reaching our goal of ZERO preventable patient deaths. We’re also committed to improving the quality of life of healthcare workers.

One of our biggest challenges will be to light up the Eiffel Tower orange on the eve of World Patient Safety Day. Stay tuned on Twitter @SafetyDatabase

Patient Safety Movement Foundation Walk in May~June 2020: One Lake, One Safe Care

Plan for patient safety walk

Many people know me as a patient safety advocate. I will be walking the talk in few weeks around Michigan Lake with a theme of “One Lake, One Safe Care”.

I currently work at a small community hospital in Waukegan, Illinois and I attend Northwestern University in downtown Chicago. While driving to work, the thought came to me. We all have different pocket sizes, but we all deserve safe care in healthcare. My hope from the walk is not just to raise awareness. I want a meaningful impact.

As a former caregiver for my dad who passed away from myriads of gaps of care a week before his flight for care in S. Korea, which the experience led me to be a pharmacist, and both experiences molding me to be a patient safety advocate, I feel obligated to make my voices heard. We need leaders of healthcare organizations to commit for patient safety and quality care; it is not a job of quality or patient safety department only.

This was originally planned for September 17, 2020 which I wanted to organize in Chicago area on World Patient Safety Day, 9/17. I shared this with a few members of Society for Participatory Medicine Chicago in November 2019. The plan had to change with #covid19, however. I will be walking along with other patient safety advocates from all over the country individually in May and June 2020: AZ, CO, FL, CA, and Chicago! I will be fundraising for the foundation that 100% will go to the foundation. As an ambassador for the organization, I love their mission of #plan4zero where we strive to get to zero medical harm.

Here are ways you can help:

  1. You can donate your steps through Charity Miles by downloading the app and logging your steps to reach our 1 billion steps goal by 9/17/20, when the foundation’s big event The March for Patient Safety in Washington DC happens. Here is the download link and select Patient Safety Movement Foundation as your charity. You can also fundraise for the foundation by asking your networks to donate per your miles. Download CharityMiles App!
  2. You can support me by pledging to donate per mile.
  3. You can make one time donation by clicking here, if you are non-Facebook user. For Facebook users, please donate here which currently no fee is charged to the foundation.
  4. As the map shows in the link above, I will be stopping by various healthcare facilities on my way. If you have connections with the organizations, please feel free to connect me with them as I will be glad to share their efforts in patient safety and quality care. I can also share the tools and resources from the foundation that can help in their efforts once I am connected with no cost. I will be honoring patients, caregivers, and healthcare workers (!) while I walk and if you have names and stories to share, please either message me or tag the person in replies and comments. Here are the names of the organizations I will be stopping by on my walk:

Vista Medical Center East, Kiley Developmental Center, Captain James Lovell VA Medical Center, Rosalind Franklin University, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest, Northshore University System Highland Park, Northshore University System Evanston, AMITA Health St. Francis Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Thorek Memorial Hospital, AdvocateAurora Illinois Masonic Hospital, AMITA Health St. Joseph, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Mercy Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine, and La Rabida Children’s Hospital.

As a frontline healthcare worker, my schedule is changing unexpectedly, but here is the schedule for now: 5/26, 5/28, 5/29, 5/31, & 6/3

With #covid19, when everyone’s greeting is “Stay safe” instead of “Hi” and losing jobs and struggling for survival, I know this is a difficult mission. Perhaps, however, this may be the time to think about safety from scratch when everyone cares and think about safety.

Thank you in advance for your support. I am counting on you. #Weareallpatients after all and we deserve safer care. Follow me on: FacebookTwitter @jun_soojin, and Instagram with updates!

Dave’s Virtual Walk Across America for Healthcare Safety

On Friday, May 22nd I began a journey ON FOOT walking 125 miles over ten days following social distancing guidelines to raise awareness about patient and caregiver safety in healthcare. Being a big baseball fan, I started my 125-mile walk at Sloan Park, the spring training home of my beloved Chicago Cubs, and walked to all nine other spring training facilities in Arizona including Chase Field the home of the AZ Diamondbacks before finishing back at Sloan Park on Sunday, June 1st. I walked in memory of patients and caregivers who have lost their lives to preventable medical harm. In walking the 125 miles I hope to: (1) raise awareness about the patient safety and caregiver safety crises, and (2) raise funds to help support the nationwide Celebrate Patient and Caregiver Safety Day on September 17th.

We are in the midst of one of the most devastating crises this country has ever faced. Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, and other care team members are true heroes doing amazing work each and every day. They are risking their lives to keep us healthy. However, as we are witnessing, they are fighting this war without the basic equipment (e.g. masks, gowns, gloves) as well as diagnostic kits needed to protect themselves as well as their patients. Much of this was preventable if we had listened to our scientists and infection prevention specialists.

My walking for healthcare safety doesn’t stop. Like Forrest Gump, I am committed to virtually walking across the US (3033 total miles) so I can continue to raise awareness about healthcare safety. Over 200,000 people die each year from preventable medical harm making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Since February 1st when I began my walks, as of June 1st I have now walked over 740 miles including the recent 128 miles over 10 days. That is the equivalent of starting in San Diego, CA, and walking to 30 miles west of El Paso, TX. Similar longer distance walks like the 125-mile walk completed in AZ will be done in Denver, Chicago, and Baltimore this coming July/August and I will continue to tie in my passion for baseball to each of those walks. We hope to generate additional media coverage so our safety mission and message will be heard by many. 

My wife Cathy and I have donated $5,000 towards this mission and we hope to raise at least $250,000 to support PSMF programs and tool kits proven to save lives.  We need your help!

Please support me and my 67-year-old legs by following me on Twitter and Instagram @WalkForPtSafety. Please also consider making a donation to my Virtual Walk Across the US for Patient and Caregiver Safety. The process is fast, easy, and secure. All funds go to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and will help us get to ZERO preventable deaths in Healthcare!

My walking webpage is

Please also follow me as I train and during the week of my walk. My Twitter and Instagram handles are @WalkForPtSafety.

Thank You! 

David Mayer, MD
Chief Executive Officer