17th Annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference

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


  • For staff of WPSC organizations (wapatientsafety.org/our-members).
  • For those NOT on staff at a WPSC member organization (check status @ wapatientsafety.org/our-members).
  • For attendees of one of the To Err is Human screenings on 3/14/19 in Seattle or Spokane. Registration code required.
  • For those whose posters have been approved for display at the event. See Call for Posters here for details: tinyurl.com/wpsc-2019-call
  • For the storytellers delivering the introductions to each session.
  • For patients whose registrations are being covered by a specific organization sponsoring the event.
  • No longer available.
  • No longer available.



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 keynotes and breakout sessions covering topics of empathetic engagement with patients, compassionate care for caregivers, prevention of burnout, 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.

Agenda (subject to change)

Call for Sponsors
This year we are offering a wide variety of Sponsorship Packages. Sponsorship is fully customizable. If you don't see exactly what your organization is hoping for here, just contact Steve and Emily to work with us on a customized package that works for you. 

Current Sponsors

Call for Posters - Deadline Extended!
See the 2019 Call for Speakers & Posters here.
While the speaker deadline has passed, the poster deadline hasn't!
New Poster Deadline: April 25, 2019

Call for Volunteers
Now seeking interested volunteers to help outVolunteers get free attendance, lunch, and the opportunity to sit in on sessions and network with fellow healthcare professionals. This year, volunteers need to be able to arrive by 6:30am and stay until at least 12:30. Alternatively, we could use a couple of afternoon volunteers, to go from 1:15 - 4:45. Interested parties should email Emily Wittenhagen @ ewittenhagen@qualityhealth.org. Thank you!


+ 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 | Towards a More Compassionate Workplace
+ 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


WPSC Members (staff at member organizations — check our members here: wapatientsafety.org/our-members):
After March 7th  - $345
+ Non-WPSC Members:
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 (# of registrations 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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