Terry Fairbanks, MD, Elected to National Patient Safety Board

Rollin J. (Terry) Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP, CPPS, of MedStar Health has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, a Boston-based not-for-profit entity that is dedicated to improving patient safety.

Fairbanks is the director of MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and the MedStar Simulation Training and Education Lab—both part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation. Fairbanks also is associate professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, adjunct associate professor of Industrial Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo, and an attending emergency physician at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

“I am honored to be serving with a group of distinguished patient safety advocates in support of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s goals—and our common mission to create the safest, most reliable healthcare system possible. NPSF is a highly influential force in US healthcare safety,” says Fairbanks.

About Medstar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

About The National Center For Human Factors In Healthcare

The National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at MedStar Health is the largest human factors/safety engineering unit integrated into any health system in the United States, and it is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation. With 13 safety scientists, whose backgrounds include not only health care, but also human factors engineering, aeronautical engineering, nuclear power, automotive safety, aviation, and industrial systems engineering, anthropology and psychology, the center strives to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, reliability, and safety. The center receives funding from AHRQ, NIH, ONC, and foundations. F

About The National Patient Safety Foundation (Npsf)

NPSF has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997—to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit organization. To learn more, visit NPSF.org.