Director of Patient Safety

  • HCA
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA
  • Jan 04, 2018

Job Description

Job Code: 01307-7582


No Weekends

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) is a 257-bed full-service hospital with over 200 of the most highly respected and qualified physicians in the area. It is recognized as a Top General Hospital for excellence in quality care and patient safety. It is the only acute care hospital in the Tri-County area that offers open heart surgery, an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and an Associate of the UAB Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. Its expanded emergency services include a dedicated Pediatric ER, 24/7 Destin ER, and a full-service 24/7 Fort Walton Beach ER that includes the only Level II Trauma Center in the Tri-County area


The Patient Safety Director is responsible for directing and managing the facilities Risk Management Program, with the goal of protecting the institution from fortuitous loss. The Patient Safety Director advises and consults with Senior Leadership and the Board on potential sources of loss, develops strategies to prevent loss, and makes decisions regarding appropriate loss prevention approaches.

The Patient Safety Director oversees the facility's risk management and patient safety activities, which includes, but may not be limited to leading clinical risk reduction initiatives, a general knowledge of facility insurance programs, managing claims against the facility, interfacing with defense counsel, administering the risk management program on a day-to-day basis, managing and analyzing risk management data, conducting risk management educational programs, complying with risk management related standards (e.g. the Joint Commission and other accrediting and regulatory agencies) with the objective of enhancing and promoting patient safety, and quality care.

Frequent contact is made with members of the senior leadership team, board of directors, medical staff leadership and a variety of outside professionals. Position requires the ability to articulately communicate a wide variety of legal, medical, and business subjects as they relate to enterprise risk management. Promote and provide courteous and effective communication with internal and external customers.


• Clinical background required.
• Minimum of three years healthcare experience in patient safety, risk, and/or quality preferred. Healthcare experience should be recent and within a clinical setting such as Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Center, etc.

  • Proven administrative ability for the direction, control and planning activities of a hospital based department.
  • Capable of analyzing and preparing complex records and reports.
  • Ability to remain calm, to think and act quickly and logically in a crisis situation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good mathematical skills.
  • Requires team player, positive, can-do winning attitude.


• Certification in Patient Safety (CPPS) required;
    • If not already CPPS, must obtain certification within 12 months of hire.
      • Other licenses/certifications required by State
      • TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer
    • If not already a Master Trainer, must obtain with 12 months of hire.
      • Florida RN licensure required
      • Florida license as Health Care Risk Manager required
      • Certification as a Professional Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) preferred


      • Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare related field required. Master's Degree preferred

Last Edited: 12/28/2017