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Kenneth W Kizer

Transforming safety in The VA Hospitals in The US

Kenneth W. Kizer MD MPH, is one of very few people ever elected to both the US Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration. He was selected as one of the Ô100 Most Powerful People in HealthcareÕ by Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. KizerÕs professional experience includes serving as President, CEO and Chairman of Medsphere Systems Corporation, CEO of the National Quality Forum; Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and CEO of the nationÕs largest healthcare system; as well as serving on the governing boards of two managed care companies, several other foundations and various professional associations and non-profit organizations.

Investing in high quality care can be cost effective as well as producing safer care. Publicly reporting performance data is a powerful change lever.