Hospital leaders earn national safety credential

September 28, 2017

SYLVA and BRYSON CITY -- The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Lee Ann Manthorne, DO, who serves as Chief of Medical Staff for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, and Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, each as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

Dr. Manthorne and Heatherly earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. Dr. Manthorne is an internal medicine physician practicing at Harris Medical Associates in Sylva. Heatherly has served as the hospitals’ CEO since 2012. Together with hospital leaders, physicians, and the hospitals’ Board, Manthorne and Heatherly oversee organizational quality measures guided by Duke University Health System and LifePoint Health through the joint National Quality Program.

Last year Tiffany Bracket, Director of Quality and Regulatory for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, earned the CPPS credential. Brackett also serves as the hospitals’ patient safety officer.

For more information about the CPPS credential visit www.cbpps.org.

About CBPPS

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by, but is a separate organizational entity from, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for health care professionals. To this end, successful completion of the rigorously-designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to candidates’ knowledge of essential patient safety competencies, upon which time the board confers the CPPS credential. Those attaining the CPPS designation represent a group of committed professionals from across health care who are determined to advance the patient safety field and make the health care system safer for all. To learn more, go to www.cbpps.org.