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MAPS PSO Annual Culture of Safety Workshop
Oct. 27-28 | Virtual | Register Today
Mike Hodges, MA, CPP, CHPA, is a proactive security change agent with a focus on workplace violence. Peggy Binzer, JD, is the top leader of the nation’s top association for Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs.)
With decades of combined experience, Hodges and Binzer will bring their vast knowledge to the MAPS PSO Annual Culture of Safety Workshop to strengthen your patient safety efforts.
Day 1 on Oct. 27: “The Role of Patient Safety in Minimizing Workplace Violence Across the Care Continuum”
Hodges will present “Managing Healthcare Safety via Proactive Workplace Violence Strategies.” He is system director of public safety at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, where he led the development of a collaborative workplace violence prevention program that has reduced incidents of workplace violence by over 50%.
Attend this year’s workshop to learn from experts in our field! There is no fee to attend—the program is part of your MAPS membership. Contact us at MAPSHelp@team-iha.org with any questions.
The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety would like to support your patient safety efforts by providing resources and educational opportunities.  Patient Safety should be at the top of everyone’s list to improve your team and healthcare within your communities. MAPS members are educated on the latest Patient Safety legal cases regarding challenges to adverse event investigations and legal actions against healthcare organizations.

Stay tuned for more patient safety resources.  Remember, MAPS wants to hear from you about your own patient safety challenges.

Our team can schedule a 45-minute webinar with your team to share more about our MAPS PSO Community!
The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO will present an overview of the Patient Safety Focus -Top 10 Issues for 2022 white paper including evidence-based recommendations to improve care. This is the first members-only webinar focused on top issues that emerged from MAPS events, expert input, literature review, and shared learnings. The program will address potential patient safety issues in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about these important topics and earn CE credits.
MAPS members register here
Date: April 28, 2022
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CT
​MAPS will host a members-only Safe Table webinar featuring best practices for conducting consistent and sustainable fall prevention programs. Safe Table programs are confidential environments in which PSO members can safely discuss patient safety topics. Join us for a collaborative discussion for outpatient, critical access and other hospital organizations. We will learn about processes, tools and outcomes along with tips on how to improve your team’s consistency in identifying patients who are at risk for falls.
Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 10:45am CST

Date: March 3, 2022
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm Central Time

Healthcare organizations face challenges in protecting Patient Safety Work Product or PSWP. Join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO for an interactive discussion of best practices with content expert Michael R. Callahan, BA, JD, Senior Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Learn about Patient Safety Activities such as developing strong Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) Policies including peer review and participation by physician groups and in ambulatory facilities. Michael will talk about defining patient safety activities and creating a strong safety culture for reporting adverse events.
Mark your calendar-12-14-21 - MAPS PSO Safe Table – RCA Training

MAPS PSO members will be exposed to a 90-minute safe table with key strategies that will maximize individual RCA efforts. In healthcare’s fast paced, ever changing, complex environment, effective problem solving and decision-making skills are critical to patient safety. This safe table will discuss key elements and approaches that will re-shape thinking to improve operations associated with RCA investigations. Teams will be provided with cases to discuss new methods of thinking and evaluating processes. This event is open exclusively to MAPS PSO member organizations.

The MAPS PSO Annual Culture of Safety Workshop - The Role of Just Cultuer and Patient Safety Across the Care Continuum will take place on October 28 in an interactive virtual format. The 2021 MAPS PSO Culture of Safety Workshop will highlight strategies to boost leadership involvement, enhance communication and maximize PSO operations to achieve a just culture and strengthen patient safety across the care continuum. You’ll hear from a nationally recognized nurse leader, patient and family engagement experts, and Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) leadership on preventing harm and improving outcomes. This event is open to all healthcare providers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Tammy DeLeonardis.



Join MAPS PSO member organizations on Thursday June 25, from 1pm-2:30pm CT  to learn about practices for infection prevention during COVID-19 and how to establish strategies to prepare for future events.  MAPS will be hosting a secure safe table webinar for all members to discuss the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This event is for open for all MAPS members to attend.  The safe table will feature team leads from two hospitals who will be discussing their stories about COVID testing policies/screening challenges and utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE equipment.)  The IHA team will also be presenting the issues of transitioning patients from the hospitals and healthcare settings back to long term care facilities.  Presenters will be interviewed and asked to share their stories, challenges, barriers and innovations learned over the past months.  Take the opportunity to look at the Agenda.
Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) is closely monitoring the national, Illinois, and local developments concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your membership to MAPS is important to us. We understand that your staff is on the front lines of caring for your community.  With unprecedented challenges and a “new normal” emerging, our top priority is to provide you with support and resources to stay informed.

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) is working daily to determine the best information for our health care community. They have been working with our colleagues at The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH,) the City of Chicago, and numerous statewide representatives.

Resources from IHA: We encourage all of our members to visit IHA’s Updates on COVID-19 web page. This is a comprehensive and up to date listing of web sites, materials and key take-aways. IHA is posting daily updates on the latest news and information.  Feel free to share with your staff. You can call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Start 2020 driven towards exlempary patient saftey practices by registering for this members only webinar!
MAPS PSO 2020 Top 10 Webinar!
January 30th, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM
Join the MAPS PSO Team for an interactive discussion case examples and best practices with content experts sharing their insights on select patient safety topics including: Social Determinants of Health, Maternal Opioid Use and ED Boarding for Behavioral Health Patients. The MAPS team will share resources, site research and engage in active discussion on these topics.
All registrants will receive the electronic version of the 2020 Top Ten white paper for use in your organization AND earn CE credit



Hospitals across the state are continuously seeking solutions for the most urgent safety concerns. To help healthcare professionals save lives and reduce harm, the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Public Safety Organization (PSO) developed a white paper that outlines evidence-based recommendations and strategies to enhance patient safety and care delivery.

The white paper is the collective output of the work MAPS’ member organizations are doing every day, fortified by expert input, thought leadership and literature review. It also has a robust collection of references for additional reading. Purchase the white paper today to use in working toward our shared goal of zero patient harm. MAPS PSO has been federally certified since 2010 and is an IHA company. To learn how MAPS can help your organization improve patient safety, email MAPS@team-iha.org.

Staff contact: Carrie Pinasco