Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Zero Harm Event

It has been 20 years since Betsy Lehman, a prominent Boston Globe health reporter and young mother, died as the result of a medical error. Her shocking and untimely death catalyzed a national movement to promote patient safety. Please join us as we mark this anniversary and the re-establishment of the Center that bears Betsy’s name by presenting new research on the state of patient safety in Massachusetts — what has changed over the past two decades, current challenges, and where we can go from here to ensure that health care in Massachusetts is as safe as it can possibly be. See registration information.

April through July, 2014 - Patient Safety Advisory Roundtables

The Betsy Lehman Center is conducting a strategic planning process to identify areas of need that it is uniquely positioned to address and to set goals and priorities for the years ahead. To that end, the Center has organized a series of Advisory Roundtables, each of which will convene a wide range of experts and stakeholders for structured conversations about the patient safety landscape in Massachusetts. The information generated at these roundtables will inform the Center’s further research and planning activities and help it chart its future course. The initial Roundtables are as follows:

  • Patient Safety in the Hospital Setting: April 30, Boston
  • Outpatient Medical Practice: May 7, Waltham
  • Patient Family Advisory Council Perspective: May 29, Boston
  • Western Massachusetts: June 5, Springfield
  • Cape/South Shore: June 12, Mashpee
  • Health Plan and Payer Perspectives: June 18, Boston
  • Long Term Care: July 10, 2014, Boston
  • Central Massachusetts: July 17, Worcester

Download additional Patient Safety Advisory Roundtable information (PDF) | Word

May 14, 2014 - Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) Conference (Cosponsor)

The Betsy Lehman Center cosponsored Health Care For All’s second annual statewide Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) Conference. The May 14, 2014 conference, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, brought together 175 participants from 54 hospitals and health centers. It featured workshops on a range of topics aimed at strengthening the role of PFACs within their institutions, including a session devoted to patient safety and transparency facilitated by Betsy Lehman Center director Barbara Fain.  

For copies of presentations and session notes, go to https://www.hcfama.org/pfac-conference-2014-presentations.

April 7, 2014 - 2014 Patient Safety Forum

The Betsy Lehman Center co-sponsored the Patient Safety Forum with the MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and Masspro. The Forum featured interactive panels of patient safety experts, clinical and administrative medical leaders and staff, and patient advocates on best patient safety practices in hospital and outpatient settings across Massachusetts. 

For more information and to for copies of the presentations, go to http://www.masafetyforum.org.