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Medical errors are responsible for the death of 44,000-98,000 Americans each year. In fact, more Americans die from medical errors than from breast cancer, AIDS or car accidents annually. Recognizing the need to improve patient safety and address skyrocketing liability insurance premiums in Florida, the Florida Patient Safety Corporation was created by the 2004 Florida Legislature under Section 381.0271, Florida Statutes. The purpose of this nonprofit corporation is to continuously improve patient safety in Florida by serving as a learning organization, assisting health care providers in improving the quality and safety of health care and reducing harm to patients, and working with a consortium of patient safety centers and other patient safety programs.

The Florida Patient Safety Corporation is governed by a board of directors, including appointed physicians, nurses and other medical professionals with expertise in patient safety. The organization is also composed of seven committees as required in its enabling legislation, including the Scientific Research Advisory, Technology, Health Care Provider, Health Care Consumer, State Agency Advisory, Litigation Alternatives and Education Advisory committees.

Mission:

The Florida Patient Safety Corporation is dedicated to continuously improving patient safety in the state.

Vision:

The Florida Patient Safety Corporation will be Florida’s leading organization for patient safety.

Goals:

  • Foster and facilitate the culture of patient safety
  • Be the learning organization dedicated to serving health care providers and other entities through education and information
  • Develop alliances and partnerships to communicate and teach patient safety
  • Maintain independence and sustainability by developing financial resources and strong leadership
  • Maintain compliance with statutory mandates