Darren Barnes, RN, MHA, CPHQ, LSSBB, Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Analytics, SIU Medicine, Carbondale
Barnes has over 20 years’ experience in quality improvement and patient safety. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and certified Just Culture trainer. As director of quality, Barnes is responsible for federal- and state-mandated reporting programs; works closely with the clinical departments on focused quality improvement projects; and provides data analytics that support quality improvement, patient safety, and clinical operations. In collaboration with the SIU Medicine Risk & Safety team, Barnes established and facilitates the department-level Patient Safety Evaluation System committees. He reviews patient safety incidents, conducts investigations into safety events and facilitates the root cause analysis process. Previously he was a quality improvement consultant with the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization and a quality improvement coordinator for a 13-hospital system.
Peggy Binzer, JD, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Binzer leads efforts to measurably improve patient safety and the quality of patient care as the top executive at the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS). She assists providers in implementing a culture of safety and high reliability, working with PSOs and the healthcare professional community to provide consistency in patient care quality and to implement innovative patient safety programs throughout the continuum of care. Binzer spearheaded the crafting and passage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) while serving as Senior Health Counsel for the Senate HELP Committee. As a shareholder at the law firm Polsinelli PC, Binzer provides PSOs and their members with legal guidance to enhance PSQIA protections and design innovative quality improvement programs. She is committed to helping members of Congress and federal regulatory authorities understand the nuances of PSQIA that can improve safety culture, reduce healthcare costs and save lives.
Amanda M. Conn, MSN, RN, LSSGB, Director of Risk Prevention, Patient Safety and Employee Health, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield
Conn develops, implements and monitors critical incidents and the reporting system through SIU’s physician practice and School of Medicine in Springfield. As part of that work, she performs all clinical safety, risk and quality evaluations for the practice. Conn initiates action plans for workflow optimization and mitigation/resolution of deviations from policies, procedures or best practices. Additionally, she collaborates with SIU Healthcare and the medical school’s legal services regarding clinical practice patient safety investigations.
Jennifer A. Croland, BSN, RN, MSN, DNP, Vice President Patient Care, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria
Chief Nursing Officer since 2014, Croland is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating the operations of the patient services division, ensuring the provision of proficient nursing care services. She began her career in nursing as a registered nurse s at OSF Saint Francis and has served as a patient care manager, director and executive director in various departments at OSF. As executive director of Tele Health Services, Croland implemented an eICU model of care and developed the telehealth program’s strategy, making recommendations for future TeleHealth services at OSF HealthCare. She is a recipient of Central Illinois 25 Women in Leadership and the Peoria area 40 Leaders Under Forty Award. Croland is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, American College of Healthcare Executives and American Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is a board-certified nurse executive.
Tammy De Leonardis, Executive Assistant, Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
Since joining MAPS in 2014, De Leonardis organizes and evaluates key processes and tasks to facilitate member engagement outlined MAPS PSO goals. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at MXD Group, formally Excel Direct Inc., for over seven years. Her past roles also include Facility Coordinator and Project Manager. De Leonardis has over 18 years of experience improving overall office operations and processes while optimizing efficiency to support executives in various industries.
Mike Hodges, MA, CPP, CHPA, System Director, Public Safety, Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta
An engaged and proactive healthcare leader, Hodges has over 20 years of operational security experience. His work and interests are focused on proactive prevention of violence against healthcare workers and strategic security training. Hodges is a pioneer in proactive healthcare security solutions, leading the development of a collaborative workplace violence prevention program that reduced incidents of workplace violence by over 50% prior to the pandemic. He has written for multiple publications and has provided expert support for many multidisciplinary teams working to reduce acts of violence against healthcare workers. Prior to healthcare, Hodges was a member of the U.S. Army. His service included response to Hurricane Katrina and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hodges also currently manages the Proactive Security blog and is the co-host the Proactive Security Podcast.
Crystal Lathen, BS, Coordinator, Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
For nearly three years, Lathan has led MAPS’ ambulatory focus group and onboarding of new members. Lathan works closely with MAPS members to outline the benefits of the PSO program and facilitate member training and educational events. She actively listens to member needs and challenges to develop targeted collaborative communications. Lathen has worked in healthcare since 2007. She was previously a patient advocate, lead patient service representative and surgical scheduler at two separate ambulatory facilities.
Beth Moore, MSN, Director, Nursing Quality and Safety, OSF HealthCare
Moore provides expertise and oversight for nursing-sensitive quality indicators and nursing quality programs to identify key drivers and outcome measures to achieve top decile performance. She is responsible for ministry-wide nursing quality programs, including prevention and management programs for nursing quality indicators: falls, pressure injuries and patient aggression. Moore’s collaborative philosophy involves working with operational leadership to implement clinical agenda initiatives and other prioritized ministry quality efforts.
Sarah Overton, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF HealthCare Multispecialty Services
Overton is accountable for over 6,000 clinical staff of OSF Medical Group and Home Care. She also oversees and is accountable for OSF Healthcare System Employee & Occupational Health. Her primary areas for direct accountability are Ambulatory and Home Care quality and Safety, clinical education/professional development, and nursing excellence and professional practice.
Carrie Pinasco, BS, CDM, BSQS, Senior Director, Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety
Pinasco’s healthcare career includes 13 years of extensive experience supporting clinical benchmarking projects, patient safety data collection and PSO program development. After working in patient safety at UHC (now Vizient, Inc.), Pinasco joined MAPS to provide marketing, strategic planning, data management and educational support to the PSO program. She spearheads the coordination of all member engagement including: onboarding, data collection, training, member collaboration, advisory council activities and website education. In addition, Pinasco oversees MAPS’ collaboration efforts with other PSOs, marketing and new business development.
Lindsay Price, PT, MBA, CPPS, System Director of Patient Safety and Accreditation, Memorial Health, Springfield
Price oversees Memorial Health’s patient safety program and collaborates with leaders across the health system to proactively focus on patient safety and quality issues. In addition, she directs efforts to ensure the health system is in compliance with Joint Commission Standards, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Conditions of Participation and state regulations. Price is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and a Certified Just Culture Champion. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Ruth Rankin, MS, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, CASA, System Director of Risk Management, Edward-Elmhurst Health
Rankin has over 30 years of nursing experience, serving in various leadership roles for risk, quality and case management, acute care, med surg, behavioral health, primary and specialty care practice management, and patient-centered medical home settings.
Kimberly A. Urbanek, BA, NREMTP, Deputy Chief Manager, Public Safety, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst
With over 22 years of healthcare experience, Urbanek is a master-level instructor in crisis prevention. She has held clinical positions in open heart surgery, critical care, para-medicine and emergency medicine, as well as non-clinical and management level positions. A workplace violence prevention expert and educator, Urbanek is a certified instructor in public safety and emergency preparedness, including active threat, CPR, crisis prevention, first aid, advanced cardiac life support, hazmat, oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray), pepper guns, self-defense, service recovery, interview and interrogation, and taser use.
Lori L. Wiegand, DNP, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF HealthCare
Since 2013, Wiegand has led the nursing enterprise across OSF HealthCare, which is includes 15 Illinois hospitals predominantly. She served as chief nursing officer for OSF St. Francis Medical Center—a 616-bed acute care hospital in Peoria with ambulatory and clinic services—building a proven track record for translating organizational strategies into actionable plans and measurable results.
Jill Williamson, MSN, Director of Education, OSF HealthCare
Serving in multiple capacities since 2000, Williamson has been charge nurse, clinical educator and, most recently, director of education with OSF HealthCare. She has been a change agent for educational and training strategies aimed at utilizing evidence-based practices to improve clinical outcomes. Williamson applies principles, standards and technology to education through simulation training and research. She has lead, developed and evaluated the work of clinical education specialists on her team as well as the contributions to developing OSF staff.