Patient Safety

Addressing the increasing concern of patient safety across the health care industry

The Office of Patient Safety was formed in 2005 at Baylor Health Care System, now part of Baylor Scott & White Health, to address the increasing concern of patient safety across the health care industry.

To further define patient safety, the Institute of Medicine stated in its 1999 report, To Err Is Human, that health care entities need to create a culture of patient safety – defined as the cumulative effect of the attitudes, aptitudes, views, values, and individual and group actions that dictate an organization’s dedication to, approach to and proficiency of safety management.

Baylor Scott & White Health has developed a robust patient safety program to drive our mission to:

  • Achieve no preventable deaths
  • Ensure no preventable injuries
  • Seek no preventable risk


Jan Compton, MS-HCAD, BSN, RN, CPHQ

Vice President of Patient Safety and Chief Patient Safety Officer

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Tamra Acierni, RN, MSN

Director of Patient Safety

Prior to joining the Office of Patient Safety, she served as Director of Quality & Patient Safety for Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center for four years. In addition, she was in the role of Director of Emergency Services at BSW Hillcrest for seven years.

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