Patient Safety Institute



Chair of Providence Health System Brings In-Depth Hospital Expertise to
New Patient Safety Initiative

(Seattle, WA, December 17, 2001) - Karin Dufault, SP, Ph.D., RN, chairperson of the board of directors of the Providence Health System and member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association, has joined the Patient Safety Institute (PSI) board of directors.

PSI, a non-profit, voluntary, collaborative initiative formed to establish a technology-based patient safety and healthcare solution, is governed by a Board of Directors that includes leading advocates from the three groups most directly involved in patient care: physicians, hospitals and patients. Sister Dufault is the third expert from the hospital community to join PSI's Board.

"We are fortunate to have Sister Dufault devote her time and skills to PSI," said Jack C. Lewin, MD, CEO of the California Medical Association and chair of PSI's Board of Directors. "Her background and expertise in health care systems will contribute extensively to the development of a PSI communications network that meets the needs of hospital administrators and staff everywhere." The PSI system, currently in its demonstration phase, will provide real-time, secure, patient-centric clinical information through publicly available, open standard technology.

A member of the Sisters of Providence religious community, Sister Dufault has served as full-time chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Providence Health System since 1991, and from April 1996 - 1997 also served as acting president and CEO. Providence Health System is a not-for-profit organization extending across a four state area - from Alaska through Washington, Oregon and into Southern California - which operates 22 acute care hospitals, 20 long term facilities, and 19 low income housing and assisted living facilities. In addition, Providence sponsors health plans covering more than 850,000 members and other eligible enrollees in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Sister Dufault has held numerous administrative, executive, and clinical roles in hospital and health system settings throughout her career, and has been active in industry associations and organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Health Foundation (Seattle), Providence Services (Spokane), Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees (Denver), Catholic Health Association and the U.S. Catholic China Bureau. She is also a member of the Seattle University School of Nursing Advisory Board, University of Washington Master of Health Administration Advisory Committee, the Health Status and Health Systems Project Advisory Panel of King County, WA, and the Advisory Board of GOVERNANCE 100.

A frequent national speaker on such topics as healthcare reform, governance and access, Sister Dufault is also a published author and has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations. The most recent include the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 1995 Professional Achievement Award, the Yakima Valley Community College Distinguished Service Award (1991), the Seattle University School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award (1991), and the Yakima YWCA Woman of Achievement in Business Award (1989).

Sister Dufault joins Dr. Lewin and six other leading healthcare advocates on PSI's board of directors: Don C. Black, president, Child Health Corporation of America; Twila Brase, RN, PHN, president, Citizens' Council on Health Care; Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., president & CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Linda F. Golodner, president & CEO, National Consumers League; William F. Jessee, MD, CMPE, president & CEO, Medical Group Management Association; and Daniel H. Winship, MD, vice chancellor of health affairs and CEO, University of Missouri-Columbia Health System, and member, Executive Committee of the University Healthsystem Consortium.

About PSI
PSI is a non-profit, collaborative and voluntary initiative that combines the power of technology and the strength of patient-provider relationships to improve care and lower the costs of healthcare. In developing the PSI system, patients, physicians and hospitals have united to provide strictly confidential, real time access to critical information at the point of care.


Lori Jeanne Gorski
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