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December 7, 2015 // Oak Point University

Oak Point University Hosts National Patient Safety Expert Rosemary Gibson for Thinking Out Loud Speaker Series on Thursday, December 10

Gibson, author of The Treatment Trap and the Wall of Silence will present Patient Safety and Just Culture: Why it Matters.

CHICAGO – December 3, 2015 – Rosemary Gibson, author and national authority on patient safety and healthcare quality, will present at Oak Point University’s Thinking Out Loud Speaker Series on Thursday, December 10 from 3:30 – 5 p.m., and again from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at its Wicker Park campus located at 1431 N. Claremont.  Gibson will sell and sign copies of her critically acclaimed book, Wall of Silence, which has encouraged better safety practices around the world, at this free event that is open to healthcare professionals and the general public.  One contact hour will be awarded to nurses.

“If we are to achieve higher levels of patient safety, healthcare professionals at all levels need to feel safe speaking up if they see something unsafe,” said Rosemary Gibson, M.Sc.  “The good news is there are practical steps that can be taken to create a culture of safety in healthcare organizations.”

The book, Wall of Silence, tells the human story behind the Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human. Wall of Silence was reviewed in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Health Affairs, referenced in proceedings of the U.S. Senate, mentioned in a Congressional testimony, noted in The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, and highlighted in the anniversary issue of O Magazine.  She is 2014 recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her writing on healthcare issues in the public interest.
Gibson served as Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey for sixteen years where she led national quality and patient safety initiatives. She was chief architect of the Foundation’s $200 million national strategy to establish palliative care in the mainstream of the U.S. healthcare system. She worked with Bill Moyers and Public Affairs Television on the PBS documentary, “On Our Own Terms,” which showed more than 20 million viewers how the U.S. healthcare system can better care for seriously ill patients and their families. She initiated a series in The Journal of the American Medical Association, “Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life.” In 2007, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

To register for this free event, visit and click on one of the two Patient Safety events listed at 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. on December 10th.

About Oak Point University
Oak Point University is home to a College of Nursing that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing and the College of Allied Health that offers undergraduate degrees in Health Information Management and Radiography.  For more information about Oak Point, visit

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