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Global Innovators Network

Global Innovators Network

We are a global network of leaders from academia, industry, government, NGOs, philanthropy, and faith-based organizations who are collaborating on best practices in leadership of innovation. Spawned to meet the global needs of innovators in healthcare and patient safety, our work has expanded to multiple sectors with a focus on mentorship and development of great leaders. There is no specific commercial purpose of this website and no required financial relationship between the collaborators. The information available through this website is entirely free.
Global Patient Safety Forum

The GPSF is a convening alliance with a mission to save lives, save money, and build value in the community it serves.  The Forum was expressly founded to make available important content that the collaborators want to share more broadly. This website is not intended to compete with any other initiative and will meet its objectives if collaborators and those interested in the topics share the information with their communities. There is no financial requirement of users of the site.

Governance Leaders Programs:

Governance, administrative, and medical leaders have the ability to make transformational impact on patient safety and systems performance. The GPSF is focused on accelerating the adoption of high performance patient safety solutions that leverage engaged leaders, practices that deliver predictable outcomes, and the technologies that enable them.

The GPSF is leveraging opportunities at the intersection of these three spheres, such as the Governance Quality Training Program called CareBoards, distributed through CareUniversity.

The documentary Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board is a film targeting governance leaders as untapped power. Click here to view the full length film for free.

The Pete Conrad Patient Safety Excellence Award was created in honor of the astronaut, Pete Conrad, who died the preventable death of a systems failure. The award recognizes organizations and individuals that have made significant impact in patient safety through their work and enduring commitments to improving the quality and safety of healthcare for everyone. Click here for more about this award.

John J. Nance, JD
Best-selling Author and Pilot
Patient Safety Expert
Leadership Educator and Champion
Seattle, WA

One of the key thought leaders to emerge in American healthcare in the past decade, John J. Nance brings a rich and varied professional background to the task of helping doctors...

Sharon Rossmark, MBA
System Vice Chair, Sinai Health System
Chicago, IL

Sharon Rossmark is System Vice Chair for The Sinai Health System in Chicago, Illinois. She also serves as board chair for Patient Safety and sits on the Public Policy, Compensation, and Finance/Audit Committees.

Ellen Canepa Brzytwa, RN, MSN, MPH
Principal, Ellen Brzytwa and Associates
Cleveland, OH

Ellen Canepa Brzytwa, RN, MSN, MPH, is a consultant and civic activist in the Greater Cleveland area. She is the principal of Ellen Brzytwa and Associates, a healthcare consulting group, and consults on healthcare research...

David S. Parda, MD, FACP
System Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Allegheny General Hospital
West Penn Allegheny Health System, Radiation Oncology Network
Chair, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Oncology Service Line
Pittsburgh, PA

David S. Parda, MD, FACP, is System Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) and...

Perry S. Bechtle, DO
Anesthesiologist, Mayo Clinic
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Perry S. Bechtle, DO, is a neuroanesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida and served as the Division Chairman of Neuroanesthesiology from 1997 to 2010. He also serves as the Patient Safety Officer and quality leader within the Department of Anesthesiology...

Christopher R. Peabody, MD, MPH
Emergency Physician
Director, UCSF Acute Care Innovation Center, University of California San Francisco
Clinical Instructor, University of California
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Peabody is a practicing Emergency Physician in California and Clinical Instructor at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also the Director of the UCSF Acute Care Innovation Center...

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN
Best-selling Author
Leadership Educator
Friday Harbor, WA

Before turning to healthcare as a career in 1994, Kathleen Bartholomew held positions in marketing, business, communications, and teaching. It was these experiences that allowed her to look at the culture of healthcare from a unique perspective and speak poignantly to the issues affecting providers and the challenges facing organizations today.

Mary E. Foley, RN, PhD
Director, Center for Nursing Research and Innovation
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
San Francisco, CA

Mary E. Foley, RN, PhD, is the Director in the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Jennifer Dingman
Founder, Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare (PULSE), Colorado Division
Co-founder, PULSE American Division
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Pueblo, CO

Jennifer Dingman realized, after her mother's death in 1995 due to errors in medical diagnoses and treatment, that there is little to no help available for patients and their families in similar situations.

Becky Martins
Founder, Voice4Patients.com
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Warren, ME

Becky Martins' advocacy spirit derives from the days when she was driving a family member 150 miles round-trip, three days a week, to dialysis treatments. She spent countless hours at the unit visiting with patients and their families.

Arlene Salamendra
Former Board member and Staff Coordinator, Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR);
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Plano, IL

Arlene Salamendra is a former Board member and Staff Coordinator of Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR). A number of years ago, she was the subject of a preventable medical error. Since that time, she has devoted a portion of her time to giving support to other patients...

Retired Vice President, Furst Group (Rockford, IL, healthcare executive search)
Spectrum Health EPFAC and Hospital Group Board Quality & Safety Committee
Telluride Patient Safety Learning Experience Faculty, CO, MD and CA
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Patient Safety Advocate
Rockford, MI

Dan Ford developed a deep passion for patient safety as a result of medical errors experienced in Illinois by his first wife, Diane, and the treatment he experienced when he started asking logical and genuine questions.