Focus on healthcare 20-20: Patient safety expert to speak

Christine Goeschel, an
international expert in patient safety and quality, will be among the speakers
at the upcoming national healthcare conference next month.

The Ministry of Health has
announced that Ms Goeschel has been added to the list of speakers at Healthcare
20/20 conference from 11-13 November at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Minister of Health Mark Scotland
welcomed the addition of Ms Goeschel to the roster of presenters.

“The level of international
representation with our local presenters will provide varied perspective on
various aspects of health-care as we seek to create an effective national
health-care policy which takes into account international trends, viewpoints,
evidence and research whilst balancing that with the unique issues of the
Cayman Islands,” he said.

Ms Goeschel is a clinical
instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and associate faculty in the
School of Public Health. She is also a senior adviser to the World Health Organisation‘s
Patient Safety Programme, contributing to the development, implementation, and
evaluation of efforts to improve health-care quality on a global scale.

As a manager of operations for
Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group, Department of Anaesthesiology
and Critical Care Medicine, Ms Goeschel speaks frequently on quality and
patient safety, health-care leadership and health policy. She has a particular
interest in organisational leadership and its association with quality and
safety performance, and the translation of clinical evidence into common

With more than 20 years of
acute-care experience, she has held positions that include both paediatric and
adult critical care as an registered nurse, chief nursing officer, chief operating
officer and chief compliance officer. She was founder and executive director of
the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Centre, creating a
nonprofit division dedicated to quality and patient safety improvement.

She has also served as lead
investigator on a study to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections in
intensive care units, leading to national and international projects that are
still evolving and the subject of lead articles in The New England Journal of
Medicine and The New Yorker magazine.

Ms Goeschel co-developed and
teaches a course on quality and patient safety in the Johns Hopkins Masters of
Hospital Administration programme is a member of the National Quality Forum
Steering Committee for Serious Reportable Events and Health-care Associated
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She has served on a variety of
state and national nursing and health care leadership boards, and was a
national Patient Safety Leadership Fellow in 2003-2004. She holds a doctorate in
Health Systems Management from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical

Subtitled “Envisioning the
future… creating a national vision for innovation, transformation and delivery
of sustainable quality health-care in the Cayman Islands”, the conference will
include insurance companies, health-care professionals, patients, regulators,
not-for-profit organisations and the private sector.

More than a dozen local and
international organisations – including Tenet Healthcare Corporation, the Cayman
Islands Health Services Authority, Tower Marketing, Baptist Health, Deloitte,
the Naryana Cayman University Hospital, The Pan American Health Organisation
and the Medical Protection Society – have already agreed to sponsor the event,
anticipated to attract more than 200 participants.

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