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NMC’s Kesa Easter Earns Patient Safety Credential

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Kesa EasterNewton Medical Center Patient & Family Engagement Coordinator Kesa Easter has been recognized by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

“Earning this credential attests to Kesa’s professional competency in patient safety science and application,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president, CBPPS. “This achievement demonstrates her expertise in this critical discipline and positions her among those committed to and leading patient safety work.”

“Kesa studied many months in her pursuit of this certification, and her diligence has been duly rewarded,” said Malea Hartvickson, director of quality & analytics, Newton Medical Center. “During the learning process, she was able to translate her course work to current organizational opportunities and apply the knowledge. Through Kesa’s attainment of this certification, our organization, our patients and our community will all benefit.”

Easter earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application.

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 12 primary care and specialty clinics, is conveniently located at the intersection of I-135 and Highway 50. For more information, call 313-283-2700 or visit

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by, but is a separate organizational entity from, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for health care professionals. To this end, successful completion of the rigorously-designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to candidates’ knowledge of essential patient safety competencies, upon which time the board confers the CPPS credential. Those attaining the CPPS designation represent a group of committed professionals from across health care who are determined to advance the patient safety field and make the health care system safer for all. To learn more, go to

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