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Geisinger chief quality officer appointed to state's Patient Safety Authority


CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c), msferlazzo@geisinger.edu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 20, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – John Bulger, DO, MBA, chief quality officer, Geisinger Health System, has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. The 11-member Authority is an independent state agency charged with taking steps to reduce and eliminate medical errors by identifying problems and recommending solutions that promote patient safety.

“This is something that I’ve been interested in for some time – quality care and patient safety,” Dr. Bulger said. “As chief quality officer at Geisinger, I help oversee the quality of care we provide patients within our system, so this is a natural extension of that role. The Patient Safety Authority impacts the safety of all patients in the state. This fulfills my natural instincts to provide care and give back to the community.”

The Pennsylvania Medical Society officially submitted Dr. Bulger’s name and credentials to Gov. Corbett for consideration to the Authority.  He will serve a four-year term, with the eligibility for reappointment once.

 “I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve the state and this is an important role with the Authority,” Dr. Bulger said. “The foresight in creating the Authority has made Pennsylvania a leader in patient safety and quality care. I believe the Authority can play an even more important role as we move forward.”

The Authority typically meets about eight times per year in Harrisburg. The schedule can be found at http://patientsafetyauthority.org.

About the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is an independent state agency charged with taking steps to reduce and eliminate medical errors by identifying problems and recommending solutions that promote patient safety. It was established under Act 13 of 2002, the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error ("Mcare") Act. It operates under an 11-member Board of Directors, six appointed by the governor and four appointed by the state Senate and House leadership. The eleventh member is a physician appointed by the governor as board chair. 

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 17,000 employees, including a 900-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 310,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $5.5 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook

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