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NMC Employee Selected for National Patient Safety Initiative

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Kesa Easter, patient and family engagement coordinator at Newton Medical Center, has been selected by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and the Hospital Engagement Network to receive one of eight hospital awards. This award will allow her to participate in the Patient Safety Immersion Initiative, a program of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

The goal of the Patient Safety Immersion Initiative is to create shared patient safety knowledge, competencies and a cultural mindset for cross-discipline teams within a health care organization. During this year-long initiative, health care professionals work towards the Certified Professional Patient Safety (CPPS) credential. The CPPS credential distinguishes those who have met knowledge application and analysis requirements in key patient safety domains.

“Newton Medical Center is working very hard towards including patients, families and caregivers in all healthcare decisions that affect them and their loved ones,” says Malea Hartvickson, quality and analytics director, Newton Medical Center. “We are proud to have one of our team members be part of this initiative. With this certification, Kesa will be even better prepared to move the hospital and our community in the direction of collaboration and communication.”

To learn more about the Patient Safety Immersion Initiative or the National Patient Safety Foundation, visit

About Newton Medical Center
Newton Medical Center is a 103-bed hospital in Newton, Kan., providing comprehensive medical care to those in Harvey and surrounding counties. Services and specialties include emergency medicine, surgical services, occupational medicine, home health and more. The hospital, which also includes 11 specialty practices, is conveniently located at the intersection of I-135 and Highway 50. For more information, call (316) 283-2700 or visit

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