17th Annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference

  • 7 May 2019
  • 7:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • DoubleTree Seattle Airport | 18740 International Boulevard, Seattle, Washington, 98188


  • Rate available through March 7th and goes up $50 March 8th. For staff of WPSC organizations.
  • Rate available through March 7th and goes up $50 March 8th.
  • For those whose posters have been approved for display at the event. See Call for Posters here for details: tinyurl.com/wpsc-2019-call


Washington Patient Safety Coalition’s Northwest Patient Safety Conference is back May 7, 2019 at the DoubleTree Seattle Airport with a full day of sessions around the theme Raising the Bar on Compassion for Patients and Providers.

The event will show us how compassion fits into every aspect of care and include breakout sessions covering topics of empathetic engagement with patients, compassionate care for caregivers, innovations in improving diagnoses, a special track on communication & resolution implementation following adverse events, and more, with each talk introduced by a first-hand patient story.

+ Morning Keynote | Dr. Bryan Sexton, Duke University: Burnout Solutions, Interventions & the Predictive Power of Feeling Supported When Things Go Wrong
+ Afternoon Plenary | Dr. Michael Goldberg, Schwartz Center | How Compassion Mitigates Burnout and its Neuroscience Basis
+ Closing Sessions | Mark Graber & Sue Sheridan, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM): Diagnostic Error #1 – What’s the Problem?
Diagnostic Error #2 – Patients are the Answer!
+ Interactive morning breakouts with industry thought leaders related to the year’s theme, covering communication & resolution, diagnostic improvement, patient engagement, burnout prevention, and more
+ Patient stories introducing each session
+ Annual ceremony of Qualis Health Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Quality
+ Poster gallery featuring patient safety efforts in local care settings
+ Continental breakfast and plated lunch
+ Eligibility for 6 CNE, CME, and CPHQ credits
+ Agenda (subject to change)

WPSC Members (staff at member organizations — check our members here: wapatientsafety.org/our-members):
Early Bird - $295 | After March 7th  - $345
+ Non-WPSC Members:
Early Bird - $395 | After March 7th  - $445
+ Poster Presenters: $175
+ Qualis Award Winners - Team (with exception of one lead recipient): $175
+ Patients, Families & Students: $45
+ Lunch & Qualis Awards Only (12:15 - 1:15pm — no other sessions): $45

Complimentary Registrations  
+ Sponsors (amount varies based on sponsorship level)
+ Qualis Award Winners - Lead Presenter (one lead recipient per team)
+ WPSC Conference Planning Group Members
+ FHCQ Staff
+ Volunteers

Payment by Check
Check payments must be received within 2 weeks of registration.

Make checks payable to:
Foundation for Health Care Quality

Mail to:
Foundation for Health Care Quality
ATTN: WPSC Conference
705 2nd Ave, Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98104

Hotel ​Reservations
Reservations must be made no later than April 6th.

Out-of-towners! ​We ​have ​a ​special ​room ​block ​at ​the ​DoubleTree ​Seattle ​Airport for guests and speakers who wish to stay the night of Monday, May 6th. Reservations can be made by phone or web:

Phone: Call 1-800-HILTONS and use the group code NPS
Web: https://book.passkey.com/go/NWPatientSafetyConfernce

Accessibility and Special Requests
The DoubleTree is ADA accessible: See DoubleTree website for details

*This will be a fragrance-free event with respect to attendees with chemical sensitivities.* We thank you for abstaining from wearing fragrances. 

If you would like to request any of the following, please email ewittenhagen@qualityhealth.org:
• A seat in one of the front rows of the ballroom (reserved for attendees with audio, visual, or other accessibility needs)
• An ASL interpreter
• Other (please specify)

We ask that these requests be received at least a month in advance of the event. We will do our absolute best to accommodate requests, and will be in touch directly should we be unable to. Currently, we are looking into the availability of ASL interpreters and will make every effort to provide these should we receive requests.

Late Bookings and Cancellation Policies
Canceled ​registrations ​are ​refunded ​the ​amount ​paid up through 24 hours prior to the event. ​All ​attendee ​rates ​​incur ​an ​additional ​$25 ​surcharge ​if ​booked ​within ​24 ​hours ​of ​the ​event ​(including ​event ​walk-in ​registrations).

Continue ​to ​check ​in ​here and at ​wapatientsafety.org/news-events/patient-safety-conference ​for ​ongoing ​details ​on ​speakers, ​agenda, ​and ​more! ​

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