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UPMC complies with all governmental requirements related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 vaccination for employment. The Jan. 13 Supreme Court of the United States decision that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will move forward requires UPMC to ensure employees either get vaccinated or receive a requested medical or religious exemption.

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Patient Safety Specialist, Harrisburg

  • Job ID: 592512576
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Mostly day, some flexibility required
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Pinnacle Health Support Services
  • Department: Quality Administration
  • Location: 111 South Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17105
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $31.02 to $48.12 / hour


Responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of hospital-wide patient safety program.


Work location: This position will involve coverage at our Harrisburg and Community Osteopathic Hospitals with a regular, on-site presence expected at each hospital.



  • Develop and present formal and informal patient safety education to hospital staff throughout the organization on an ongoing basis.
  • Investigate actual and potential patient safety risks in the clinical operations of the hospital through rounds, chart reviews, interviews, physical inspection and other means as necessary.
  • Adhere to the organization's Patient Safety Plan, goals and fulfills patient Safety objectives. Adhere to the national patient safety goals by planning, directing, and monitoring implementation aspects related to those goals. Adhere to regulatory requirements set forth by federal and state agencies relative to patient safety.
  • Review actual and potential patient safety occurrences with physicians, department heads and managers, identifying trends, making recommendations for action, and assuring compliance with the program.
  • Maintain investigative, claim and legal files with strict adherence to confidentiality mandates. Assist, as needed, the Hospital Legal Counsel with the preparation of cases during litigation processes.
  • Communicates significant events, potential or actual claims, through established mechanisms in a timely manner.
  • Participate in the hospital-wide performance improvement efforts through data gathering and analysis. Works cooperatively with other members of the department to meet common goals.
  • Adhere to the on-call rotation in order to be informed of any patient safety occurrences.
  • Serve as a role model to foster a patient safety culture in the organization.



  • Bachelo'rs degree in Nursing, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related healthcare area required.
  • 5 years of Clinical experience OR experience in risk, liability or loss control at the organizational level is required.
  • Ability to work with a variety of Microsoft office software systems.
  • Analytical ability to prepare, review and present statistical data.
  • Interpersonal skills to work with management and physicians, and all levels of staff.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Certification in Quality Management from Health Care Quality Council Management preferred

Clearances must be dated within 90 days

  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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