Hospitals’ Patient Safety Officer earns national safety credential

November 16, 2016

SYLVA and BRYSON CITY -- The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Tiffany Brackett, Director of Quality and Regulatory for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Brackett also serves as the hospitals’ patient safety officer.

Brackett earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. Brackett is trained as a registered nurse and holds a Master of Science in Nursing. She has led the hospitals’ regulatory, accreditation and survey readiness initiatives for the past two years. Brackett currently has oversight of organizational quality measures guided by Duke University Health System and LifePoint Health through the joint National Quality Program.

“Earning this credential attests to Tiffany’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.”

“It is exciting to see our leaders attain the next level in patient safety education and certification. Providing the highest quality care and experiences in our hospitals and outpatient settings is a journey without an end. Tiffany’s achievement is a milestone on that path for our patients, families, and communities,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

Earlier this year Anetra Jones, the hospitals’ Chief Nursing Officer, earned the credential.

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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