GE Healthcare Brings Top Patient Safety Talent to GE Patient Safety Organization

  • Dr. Peter Angood, Former Senior Advisor for Patient Safety at the National Quality Forum becomes GE’s PSO Medical Director
  • Advisory Board provides strategic guidance to one of the largest national PSOs

BARRINGTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GE Healthcare Performance Solutions today announces the appointment of Dr. Peter Angood as the Medical Director of the GE Patient Safety Organization (PSO). Dr. Angood is the former Senior Advisor for Patient Safety at the National Quality Forum (NQF). The GE PSO was recently certified as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Patient Safety Organization program.

Dr. Angood is a renowned expert in patient safety who has previously had roles with The Joint Commission, Joint Commission International, the World Health Organization and numerous professional societies – including President for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Angood continues with NQF as a part-time consultant to help guide projects focused on improving national patient safety and healthcare quality. As Medical Director, Dr. Angood will provide expert advice on strategic direction and future growth for the GE PSO while also providing skilled insights on the development of reports and solutions that will come from the PSO. Dr. Angood will chair the GE PSO Advisory Board.

“The success of GE’s PSO will rely on its guidance, leadership, oversight and quality assurance,” said Kathy Martin, Managing Director, GE PSO, GE Healthcare Performance Solutions. “Dr. Angood’s knowledge and distinguished presence within the patient safety and healthcare quality enterprise will be integral to further refining the GE PSO. GE is looking to make a significant difference in patient safety through the PSO and Dr. Angood will be a key contributor.”

GE’s PSO Advisory Board consists of thought leaders bringing differing perspectives and years of experience in improving safety in healthcare and other industries. The Advisory Board consists of 12 members:

(*) Ross Baker, PhD, Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto

(*) Kathleen Ciccone, RN, MBA, Executive Director of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Quality Institute and Principal in its DataGen, Inc. subsidiary

(*) Mary Elizabeth Reich Cooper MD, JD, Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President, Lifespan Health System

(*) Barbara Rabin-Fastman, MHA, MT (ASCP) BB, SC, Assistant Professor of Health Evidence and Policy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

(*) Robert T. Francis II, Former Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board

(*) Major General Elder Granger MD, CMQ, USA (retired), Founder and President - The 5Ps, LLC Healthcare and Education consulting company. General Granger's most Recent Assignment was as Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

(*) Deborah Harkins, RN, CCRN, BSN, MBA, COO for MDContent, a management and education consulting firm, and maintains a clinical appointment at the University of Michigan Health System.

(*) Harold S. Kaplan, MD, Professor in the Department of Health Evidence and Policy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

(*) David Marx, JD, President of Outcome Engineering, a risk management firm, and author of "Patient Safety and the 'Just Culture': A Primer for Healthcare Executives."

(*) Jean Marie Rocha MPH, RN, VP Clinical Affairs Hospital Association of Rhode Island

(*) Harry C. Sax, MD, – Cedars Sinai, Physician Liaison for Clinical Transformation, Vice Chair Surgery

(*) Paul Taheri, MD, MBA, Faculty Group President Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Sr. Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs University of VT

“Despite the intensive efforts of the last decade, we all recognize the need for more systematic and sustained efforts to improve patient safety,” said Ross Baker, PhD, Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. “There have been pockets of improvement in most organizations but these efforts have not made healthcare measurably safer for patients. Consistent reporting coupled with organizational culture change and focused improvements are needed. These elements are key pillars of the GE PSO. The collective wisdom and experience of members of the GE PSO advisory board and staff will help to guide these efforts. I believe that GE will increase the pace and scale of efforts to improve patient safety.”

Dr. Angood previously served as Chief Patient Safety Officer and a Vice-President for The Joint Commission where he oversaw annual development of the commission’s National Patient Safety Goals and several other enterprise-wide patient safety initiatives. Dr. Angood continues to work with the World Health Organization Patient Safety initiatives after having helped lead early development of the WHO Collaborating Center for Patient Safety Solutions and a variety of other WHO Patient Safety programs.

Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Dr. Angood started his surgical career at McGill University and was subsequently recruited into surgery faculty and hospital administrative positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, Dr. Angood was Professor of Surgery, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Angood is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada), the American College of Surgeons, and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He remains engaged with research activities and has authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, abstracts, editorials, and book chapters.

Dr. Angood received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada and completed his training in general surgery at McGill University in Montreal, as well as fellowship training in trauma surgery and critical care medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

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