How would you like to work in a place where your contributions and
ideas are valued? A place where you can serve with compassion,
pursue excellence and honor every voice? At Wellstar,
our mission is simple, yet powerful:
to enhance the health and well-being of every person we serve. We
are proud to have become a shining example of what's possible when
the brightest professionals dedicate themselves to making a
difference in the healthcare industry, and in people's
The Executive Director of Patient
and Medication Safety reports to the AVP of Safety
and Accreditation and is a member of the health system’s corporate
leadership team, responsible for the strategy and operational
structure of the safety and reliability program, including
In collaboration with System Safety and Quality Leadership,
establishes, provides oversight, and executes programs, policies,
and processes to build and sustain a culture of safety and high
reliability with a goal of zero preventable harm. Includes but is
not limited to: Safety First Program; medication safety program;
serves as a resource and subject matter expert regarding regulatory
requirements for patient and medication safety and reliability;
safety event management, including event reporting, cause analysis;
safety and reliability training; and administering the budget for
the Medication Safety Services department and providing input
regarding the Safety and Quality Services budget.
Responsible for integrating these programs
into the broader mission, vision, and operations of the health
system. This includes responsibility for developing and maintaining
an aggressive education and marketing plan for safety and high
reliability science and practice.
Serves as a spokesperson and is recognized as the strategy safety
and reliability owner and subject matter expert. Drives results
through effective hiring practices, sound management philosophy,
team development, and measurement/management of key performance
Collaborates with system and facility teams to improve processes in
alignment with best practices.
Maintains strong positive relationships with team members, leaders,
medical staff, senior leaders, and patients.
The executive director shall remain abreast of safety and
reliability best practices and current literature, including
medication safety, at the state and national level through
engagement with institutions such as Georgia Hospital Association
(GHA), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Patient Safety
Organization (PSO), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
(ASHP), and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP);
researches and advises on best practice solutions.
The Executive Director consolidates and administers the overall
business plan and budget for the Medication Safety Services
department and provides input regarding the Safety and Quality
Education: Master’s degree in a healthcare related
field. Clinical degree preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Certified Professional in
Patient Safety (CPPS) required within first year of employment.
Medication Safety Certification required within first year of
employment, if applicable. PharmD or RN preferred. Licensed and in
good standing with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy and/or
Georgia State Board of Nursing, as applicable.
Experience: Ten (10) years’ experience in
healthcare, including five (5) years in a quality setting required.
Seven (7) years of progressive leadership experience required. Two
(2) years in program development required.
Skills: Knowledge of safety and reliability
science; cultural transformation; change management; cause analysis
(both common cause and root cause analysis); safety and reliability
metrics for improvement; Patient Safety Organizations; Fair and
Just Culture. Ability to develop collaborative relationships with
demonstrated leadership competency. Ability to supervise both
professional and non-professional employees. Ability to work with
other hospital and system managers, directors, executive directors
and senior leadership. Ability to partner with external third-party
plan administrators. Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and
written). Strong customer service attitude. Proficient computer
skills (Microsoft Office). Ability to think/act independently as
required by situation – adept at crisis management.
We’d like to invite you on a career journey like no
In return for your contributions,
we’ll help you make the most of all life’s moments – on and off the
job. Wellstar Total Rewards is designed to provide for your total
well-being, including: Your Wellness, Your Pay, Your
Future, Your Joy.
We think it’s pretty simple – we care for our team members and our
team members care for the community.
Make a difference in patients’ lives… and your own! Here, it’s more
than healthcare – it’s CareerCare!