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Launched in July 2010, the UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute (PSI) is a collaborative partnership conceived and conducted by the UCLA Health System and the UCLA School of Nursing.   Dr. David Feinberg, CEO, UCLA Hospital System, and Dr. Courtney Lyder, Dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, are the Co-Chairs of the PSI Advisory Board Think Tank, which is composed of UCLA Health System executives, interdisciplinary PSI investigators, and community members.

Dr. Courtney Lyder leads the PSI as Executive Director, and Dr. Pamela Davidson serves as Director in collaboration with Associate Directors, Drs. A. Afifi, Gerald Kominski, and Jack Needleman.  The PSI was created to cultivate and support clinician-administrator-investigator partnerships to build the PSI research and development (R&D) arm of the UCLA Hospital System and to improve patient safety and quality at all levels of the four UCLA hospitals and the health system as a whole. 

Our vision imagines UCLA as the safest healthcare system in the world.  We aim to realize this vision through R&D intervention, innovation, policy analysis, research training, and workforce development including a simulation program to accelerate translation of academic preparation to improve clinician performance.  The PSI is fully staffed with dedicated safety researchers who will be available to assist on all PSI Initiatives.

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