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The Pete Conrad Patient Safety Award

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.

2012 Award Winners

At a TMIT global safety summit in 2012, the award was given to individuals who had delivered extraordinary service in patient safety. It was presented by Dr. Charles Denham, Chairman of TMIT; Nancy Conrad, widow of Pete Conrad; and Congressman Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA).

The recipients were: James P. Bagian, MD, PE; J. Michael Henderson, MD; David Classen, MD, MS, FACM; Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR; and David Hunt, MD, FACS.

Chuck Denham – Pete Conrad Award Presentation – April 27, 2012




Dana Rohrbacher – Pete Conrad Award Presentation – April 27, 2012




Nancy Conrad – Pete Conrad Award Presentation – April 27, 2012


2014 Award Winners

In 2014, the award was given to a group of national consumer advocates. Among their numerous accomplishments, these individuals have written and published peer-reviewed medical articles, co-authored The National Quality Forum Safe Practices for Better Healthcare. They were honored for their perseverance in championing the cause of patient safety for over a decade.

The recipients were: Dan Ford; Arlene Salamandra; Becky Martins; Jennifer Dingman; Mary Foley, RN, PhD; and Patti O’Regan, LMHC, ARNP.

2007 Award Winners

In 2007, the award was given to the organizations the participated in the harmonization effort that lead to the development of the 2006 National Quality Forum Safe Practices for Better Healthcare. It was received on behalf of the organizations by their leaders.

The recipients were: Don Berwick, MD, MPP; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD; Janet M. Corrigan, PhD, MBA; Peter Angood, MD; and Suzanne Delbanco, PhD.