Patient Safety

Patient Safety Advocate, Debbie Fox, Passes Away at 61

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is saddened to hear of the passing of Debbie Fox MBA, RRT-NPS (formerly Director, Respiratory Therapy, Wesley Medical Center).

Ms. Fox served on PPAHS’s board of advisors. She had retired from Wesley Medical Center and from the PPAHS board to take care of personal affairs. Read More

Patient Safety

Noted Anesthesiologist and Patient Safety Innovator Michael W. Jopling Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety announced today that Michael W. Jopling, MD – currently an Anesthesiologist with NorthStar Anesthesia at several central Ohio medical institutions, Chief Medical Officer of Cardiox Corporation (Columbus), Executive Vice President of Accel Anesthesia (Columbus), and Co-Founder of Medical Electronic Innovations (Milwaukee)– has joined the Physician-Patient Alliance Board of Advisors.

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Patient Safety

ADVANCE for Nurses Editor, Pamela Tarapchak, Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced today that Pamela Tarapchak has joined the Physician-Patient Alliance Board of Advisors.

Ms. Tarapchak, has been with ADVANCE since 1998. Currently, she serves as editor of ADVANCE for Nurses, which provides concise, practical information on clinical, management, professional and career development issues for nurses practicing in all areas of the profession.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Nationally Recognized Patient Safety Expert Kenneth P. Rothfield Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety announced today that Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA has joined the PPAHS Board of Advisors. Currently serving his last month as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Ascension Health’s Saint Agnes Hospital (Baltimore) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland, Dr. Rothfield will be assuming the role of System Chief Medical Officer at St. Vincent’s Healthcare—Ascension Health’s three hospital system in Jacksonville, Florida. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Respiratory Compromise

Harold Oglesby, Noted Opioid Safety Expert and Patient Safety Advocate, Joins Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Advisory Board

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) announced today that Harold Oglesby, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Manager, The Center for Pulmonary Health, Candler Hospital, and St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (SJ/C), has joined the PPAHS Board of Advisors.

“On behalf of PPAHS, I am thrilled to offer the warmest of welcomes to Harold Oglesby as he joins our Board of Advisors,” said PPAHS Executive Director Michael Wong, JD. “As a well-respected authority on respiratory therapy and opioid safety, as well as a life-long advocate for patient safety, Mr. Oglesby embodies everything about our mission and shares our passionate commitment to improve patient health and safety.” Read More