The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety recently recognized Kerry Tirman, CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.

"Earning this credential attests to Kerry’s professional competency in patient safety science and application," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President, CBPPS. "This achievement demonstrates his expertise in this critical discipline and positions him among those committed to and leading patient safety work."

Tirman earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application.

According to Western Plains, becoming CPPS certified proves the organization’s commitment to safer patient care. As the hospital leader, this certification allows Tirman to not only invest in his own development but most importantly allows him to assist in improving the overall patient safety skills, knowledge, and confidence throughout the hospital.

"In order to continually deliver high quality care to the community, we should recognize the continuous opportunities in delivering safe and effective care," said Tirman. "We should incorporate all that we have learned from safety science and human factors into our everyday work.

"The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety responds to this critical need by formally validating skills and competencies, and encouraging healthcare professionals to become the standard bearers for patient safety excellence."

With the conferring of certification, Tirman is privileged to use the CPPS credential.

For more information about the CPPS credential, contact the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety at 617-391-9927 or write to info@cbpps.org.

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