Health professionals focus on improving health care quality, reducing medical errors

Contacts:  Robin Waxenberg 
Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159


Health Professions Network Elects Board of Directors

PHOENIX, November 30, 2006—Improving the quality of health care, reducing medical errors and improving patient safety have gained increased focus over the past several months.  As proof, one only needs to look at the growing number of television programs, national and local newscasts and magazine articles addressing these interrelated issues.

The Health Professions Network (HPN) met recently in Phoenix to address these important subjects. Themed “Reaching Across the Professions to Support Quality Care Initiatives,” the meeting featured the following presentations:

  • “Medical Errors and Patient Safety: Seven Years Later and Where Are We?”  Marge Keyes, MA, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • “The National Patient Safety Foundation: The Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Patient Safety.”  Diane Pinakiewicz, National Patient Safety Foundation
  • “Safe and Sound: A Statewide Patient Safety Initiative.” Barbara Weber-Averyt, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association


Also at the meeting, HPN participants discussed issues related to current workforce shortages, recruitment of students into health care professions and advocating on behalf of the 6 million allied health care workers, who represent 60 percent of the U.S. health care workforce.

New Board of Directors members and officers were elected.  Officers are:

  • Virgina Pappas, President, Society for Nuclear Medicine
  • Theresa Green, Secretary, American Academy of Anesthiologist Assistants
  • Dan Olson, Treasurer, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science


At large board members are:

  • Stephanie Ellingson, Society of Diagnostic Sonography
  • Hazel Hacker, American Healthcare Radiology Administration
  • Mary Anne Kelly, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council
  • Fred Lenhoff, American Medical Association
  • Don Richards, National Consortium of Health Science & Technology Education
  • Judy Simpson, American Music Therapy Association
  • Cate Brennan Lisak, National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Janell Lang, National Network of Two Year Programs in Allied Health (NN2)
  • Laurie Jake, American Therapeutic Recreation Association


About the Health Professions Network:
The HPN ( is a nationwide collaborative group of organizations representing leading health professions associations, accrediting agencies and educational institutions as well as federal and state workforce analysts and licensing/certification bodies. The wide range of health professions the HPN represents encompasses the majority of the more than 100 professions in health care, including diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologists, physician assistants, medical assistants, clinical laboratory scientists, music therapists, athletic trainers and more.  For more information, visit or contact us at .

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