Kaweah Delta Health Care District Patient Safety Symposium

At the 2018 Patient Safety Symposium, participants will gain valuable knowledge and insight into achieving high reliability through culture, teamwork, and systems thinking.

Date and Time & Location

February 5, 2018 from 8 AM – 3 PM PST

Visalia Convention Center
303 E. Acequia Ave
Visalia, CA 93291


KDHCD Employees: Access myNetlearning from KDnet or KDCentral


Physicians: Contact Jennae Goodrich at (559) 624-2595


  • NO FEE for KDHCD Employees & Medical Staff
  • $30 for Non-KDHCD Employees (Check or card only)

2018 Keynote Speakers

Julia Slininger,RN, BS, CPHQ Vice President,
Regional Quality Network

Julia has over 30 years of experience in healthcare Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, Risk Management, Infection Control, and Medical Staff Peer Review- helping providers improve processes and outcomes. Facilitating peer-to-peer learning between healthcare teams, she has led several Collaboratives in the state of California, focused on a variety of goals including Patient Safety, Infection Prevention, Surgical Care Improvement, Readmissions Reduction, and Care Transitions. As a Master Trainer for the TeamSTEPPSTM teamwork training program, Julia has worked with over 40 hospitals to improve multidisciplinary teamwork in the day-to-day patient care environment. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. She received her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Management from the University of LaVerne, and her RN from the New York Regents University.

Rory Jaffe, MD, MBA
Executive Director, CHPSO

Dr. Jaffe has extensive experience in both clinical care and health system leadership. Prior to becoming Executive Director of CHPSO, he was Executive Director of Medical Services for the University of California system. In this role, he served as the senior physician in the system, which included oversight of quality of care at the five academic health systems and the ten student health centers. He also has served on a number of federal and state advisory committees.

Melinda Sawyer, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.S.- B.C.
Assistant Director of Patient Safety Johns Hopkins

Melinda Sawyer is a board certified clinical nurse specialist, spent nine years as a bedside nurse in progressive care and then in bed management and as a member of the hospital’s resuscitation team. Her clinical experiences led her to the field of patient safety and served as the patient safety officer in the department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to her current role. She is currently completing a Dr.P.H. in Health Care Leadership and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and serves as the president of the local chapter of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Sawyer began one of the first Comprehensive Unit based Safety Program (CUSP) projects outside of an ICU at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and has since participated in numerous quality improvement projects. She is most interested in multidisciplinary collaboration as a tool to improve patient outcomes. Melinda now helps organizations around the world implement CUSP. She leads the Armstrong Institute’s Learning and Development team, which helps Johns Hopkins Medicine and other organizations to build internal capacity to improve patient safety and quality of care.