Job Description

Job Title: Patient Safety Specialist
Job ID: 695954
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: M-F 8am to 4pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport
Department: QUALITY
Location: 700 High Street, Williamsport PA 17701


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

  • Adhere to the on-call rotation in order to be informed of any patient safety occurrences.
  • Adhere to the organization's Patient Safety Plan, goals, and fulfill patient safety objectives.
  • Adhere to the national patient safety goals by planning, directing, and monitoring implementation aspects related to these goals.
    • Participate/ serve on the monthly┬áPatient Safety Committee.
  • Adhere to regulatory requirements set forth by federal and state agencies relative to patient safety.
  • Communicate significant events, potential or actual claims, through established mechanisms in a timely manner.
  • 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.
  • Participate in the hospital-wide performance improvement efforts through data gathering and analysis. Work cooperatively with other members of the department to meet common goals.
  • Review actual and potential patient safety occurrences with physicians, department heads and managers. Identify trends, make recommendations for action, and assure compliance with the program.
  • Serve as a role model to foster a patient safety culture in the organization.
  • Assist with regulatory and accreditation readiness (DOH, CMS and The Joint Commission); support department during announced and unannounced surveys.


  • Bachelor's degree in:
    • Nursing
    • Business Administration
    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • or related healthcare area required.
  • Five years of Clinical experience OR experience in Patient Safety 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:
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certification in Quality Management from Health Care Quality Council Management preferred

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $28.33 to $43.91

Union Position: No

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