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Join us on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 for our fourth annual symposium “Fundamentally Human – An Innovative Exploration of Patient Safety and Engagement”. This year we have three outstanding, nationally known speakers focusing on key topics in safety and quality.

Opportunities are available for simulation participation and poster presentations.

MHQA Patient Safety Symposium


We invite you to submit your patient safety and quality improvement projects for display at our symposium.

Posters will be on display throughout the day from 7:15 a.m. through the 2:15 p.m. refreshment break. Posters can be no larger than 36 x 48 inch poster board. Easels will be available at the facility.

Submission deadline is Friday, September 28, 2018. 

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Due to space limitations, only up to 15 posters can be accepted, so please apply early. Persons with accepted abstracts will be responsible for any registration fees that may apply.


David E. Newman-Toker, MD PhD is an internationally-recognized leader in neuro-otology, acute stroke diagnosis, and the study of diagnostic errors.Dr. David Newman-Toker

MHQA welcomes Dr. David Newman-Toker as the 2018 Symposium keynote speaker. He will present on current work in diagnostic error and the burden of harm, with a specific focus on the common causes and targets for error reductions, the potential for systems-based solutions that capitalize on teamwork; training, technology and tuning to help prevent diagnostic errors. Dr. Newman-Toker is the current president-elect of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. 

Ankit Sarin M.D., MHA is a colorectal surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Ankit Sarin

Dr. Ankit Sarin will share University of California – San Francisco’s journey on implementing enhanced recovery after surgery protocols, which incorporate pre-surgery hydration and carb loading; appropriate pre-op patient education on expectations for pain and discomfort; and reduction of opioids.

Ann Vermilion, MBA, FACHE is an Administrative Director of Medical Staff Services & Community Outreach at Marion General Hospital, Marion, Indiana.Ann Vermilion, MBA, FACHE

Ann Vermilion will be sharing her hospital and community’s story of how they have taken ownership of the opioid epidemic in Marion, Indiana with some great wins and new challenges that have been presented to their community as a result of this work.

View photos from the 2017 MHQA Symposium.

2017 MHQA Symposium

This event is being provided in part through a grant from the Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Space is limited, so register early!

This year’s sessions will explore:

  • the difficulty and importance of getting comfortable having “the conversation” with patients and families about their care wishes early on in a chronic or terminal disease process; 
  • managing the comfort needs of our palliative care patients in an “opiophobia” world;
  • and conclude with a session focusing on the second victim experience – the psychosocial and emotional response many healthcare providers experience following an adverse patient event or unexpected outcome. 

Breakout simulation sessions will part of the day’s activities, as well as group activities and poster presentations on a wide variety of topics in patient safety and quality improvement.