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Contact Information:
Grace Bommarito
- Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Harvard Medical School
Children's Hospital Boston Children's Hospital Boston
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Children's Hospital Boston (CHB) is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area within walking distance to Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. The Harvard Patient Safety and Quality Fellowship CHB site is based in CHB’s Program for Patient Safety and Quality

The Program for Patient Safety and Quality, created in 2005, brings together clinicians, administrative staff, scientists, physicians, nurses, biostatisticians, patients, and families to ensure that our patients always receive the best possible care, and that we are continually improving the care we provide. At Children’s Hospital Boston, we believe that patients and families deserve to know whether the hospital where they have chosen to receive their care meets the highest standards and is committed to excellence. Through our Program for Patient Safety and Quality (PPSQ), we continually monitor and improve the care we provide to our patients. We are also national leaders in developing scientifically sound methods of evaluating the quality of pediatric care.

Kate E. Humphrey, MD, MPH, CPPS
Site Director:
Kate E. Humphrey, MD, MPH, CPPS
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital
Tel (857) 218-3575

Dr. Kate E. Humphrey is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Medical Director of Patient Safety and Quality in the Division of Patient Safety and Quality. She is a graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She then transitioned to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where she was an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Core Faculty Education Coordinator and a pediatric hospitalist. While there she helped to develop a night time residency curriculum and began her work in patient safety and quality by assisting with the implementation of the Pediatric Early Warning Score throughout the institution.

She subsequently moved to Boston in 2013 to further her career by enrolling in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality. During her fellowship, she received grant funding from CRICO to investigate clinician interactions with the electronic health record and alert fatigue, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, she assisted Dr. Tejal Gandhi and the National Patient Safety Foundation in their expert panel discussion of “The State of Patient Safety: 15 years since the IOM Report: ‘To Err is Human.’” She developed an interest in medication safety as the Medication Management Team Lead for Boston Children’s with the National Patient Safety Partnership and participated in the adverse drug events committee. After graduation she has extended her work in medication safety by engaging in the medication task force charged with improving medication utilization within the hospital and is an active member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. In addition, she has ongoing research investigating communication failures and medical malpractice risk and is the physician lead for the implementation of IPASS at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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