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Ohio Patient Safety Institute

OPSI was founded by the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Through this collaboration and common effort, OPSI works with hospitals and health care workers to improve health care outcomes in Ohio. Its mission is to be the leader and catalyst in developing and transforming health care into a reliable and safe delivery system. 

OPSI was the first state designated Patient Safety Organization by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The federal designation allows OPSI legal authority to collect medical error data from Ohio hospitals without subjecting individual data to unintended use as evidence in medical malpractice lawsuits. Hospital participation with a Patient Safety Organization is voluntary.

Monthly Resource & Educational Programs

National Vaccination Month - August
This annual observance highlights the efforts of health care professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. You have the power to protect yourself and your children against serious diseases. Various vaccines are recommended throughout one’s lifetime.

Childhood vaccines can protect children against serious diseases like measles, cancers caused by HPV, and whooping cough. Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases: meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections; HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV; Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough; and a yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.

Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults need protect themselves against serious diseases like shingles, pneumonia, and flu. If you have diabetes, some illnesses like flu can make it harder to control your blood sugar (glucose). Make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines.

While many serious diseases are no longer common in the United States thanks to vaccines, these diseases still exist and can spread when people aren’t vaccinated. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could meet international travelers who have not been vaccinated or have the disease anywhere in your community. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when children aren’t vaccinated. Some diseases that are prevented by vaccines, like whooping cough and chickenpox, remain common in the United States.

Following the recommended immunization schedule helps you protect you and your child against vaccine-preventable diseases. Click here to learn more.

Patient and Professional Resources

Patient engagement and involvment is vital to the delivery of health care. OPSI is proud to provide information to patients seeking health care services including prepartion for a hospital visit, medications safety and more.
  • Click here for resources to help patients understand health care issues impacting them.
  • Click here for resources related to medication safety, surgical and procedural safety, infection prevention, general safety, safety culture, leadership resources, health literacy and best practices.

Patient Safety Week - March 10 - 16, 2019

Ohio hospitals are committed to providing the best health care to patients. Every day of the year, caregivers work to provide the best care possible for every patient, every time. Patient safety and health care quality is a top priority for Ohio hospitals.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety. From patients to care providers, from the front lines to the executive suite, from the patient and family advocate to the corporate solutions provider — we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm.

Educational Offerings

Toolkit Materials

OPSI Best Practice Award

OPSI presents the award to the individual or organization that has designed and implemented the most innovative, evidence-based patient safety practice in Ohio. ​Conceived by OPSI’s Board of Trustees, the goals of this award are to recognize outstanding efforts among Ohio health care providers who:
  • Improve patient safety
  • Develop innovative programs to improve patient safety
  • Create best practices that other Ohio health care providers may adopt/adapt
  • Develop a culture of collaboration that improves patient safety
Please contact Rosalie Weakland at rosalie.weakland@ohiohospitals.org at the Ohio Hospital Association for more information or click here to learn more.

OPSI Board

OPSI's Board of Directors is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals through out the state of Ohio.

Members At - Large
  • Todd Baker - Ohio State Medical Association
  • Chrissie Blackburn, MHA - University Hospitals of Cleveland 
  • Kathy Crea, Pharm.D, BCPS, CPPS - Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Carol Croop, RN, MS, BC, CPHQ
  • Kenneth Edelman, MD - Cleveland Clinic
  • Joseph Geskey, DO - OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
  • Ruth Ann Heiser, RN - Mount Carmel Health System
  • Judy Klein, CPHRM, PA - Coverys
  • ​William Kose, MD - Blanchard Valley Health System
  • Joshua Lumbley, MD - Ohio State University Hospital
  • Mandy Smith, NHA, PTA, RAC-CT - Ohio Healthcare Association
OHA & OPSI Representatives
  • Rosalie Weakland, RN, MSN, FACHE, senior director of Quality Programs  
  • Amy Andres, senior vice president, Quality and Data
  • Deb Zanath, Ohio Patient Safety Institute