Board of Directors
Healthcare Risk Management & Patient Safety
Ann D. Gaffey, RN, MSN, CPHRM, DFASHRM is an industry-recognized career risk management, quality and patient safety professional with over twenty-nine years of experience in healthcare. As senior vice president, she has responsibility for overseeing and providing innovative consultative services to improve and enhance risk management and patient safety programs with emphasis on risk identification, assessment, analysis and prevention as well as risk management and patient safety education. Ann’s experience includes managing self-insurance and captive insurance programs, insurance purchasing, claims management, and traditional risk assessment and mitigation activities.
Ms. Gaffey received her degree from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from The George Washington University. She is currently a Board Member of the National Perinatal Information Center, Vice-Chair of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, and Past-President of the Virginia Association for Healthcare Risk Management. Ann serves as Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Ellen Grady Venditti
Risk Management and Patient Safety Consultant
Ellen Grady Venditti, RN, MS, CPHRM, FASHRM, has recently expanded her area of practice from hospital and healthcare-system based risk management to the broader world of risk management and patient safety consulting. Venditti, has had a long career in healthcare, with the past 17 years spent as a healthcare risk management leader in a variety of roles and healthcare system settings. She has been responsible for directing loss prevention and patient safety programs in academic and community settings, as well as administering a self-insured/captive claims program for a small captive insurance company.
As a consultant, Venditti's goals remain the same. That is, to foster implementation of risk management and patient safety strategies that will prevent harm to patients, faculty, staff, and entire organizations. Venditti is passionate about the application of human factors principles and the application of those principles in the healthcare setting and frequently speaks on that subject on a local, national and international level. Venditti has been actively involved in ASHRM and its Massachusetts chapter (MSHRM) since the beginning of her risk management career. She currently serves as President of ASHRM for 2015.
Vice President, Healthcare Risk Engineering at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
New York, New York
Mike Midgley, RN, JD, MPH, CPHRM, FASHRM has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is an experienced healthcare risk manager, nurse, insurance professional and attorney. Mr. Midgley began his clinical experience as a nurse in intensive care and emergency medicine. Mike started his healthcare risk management career with a captive insurance company in New York City, having dedicated risk and claims management consulting responsibilities to a major tertiary care medical center. He then served as a risk manager at academic medical centers in New York City. Mr. Midgley later worked in the field as a risk management consultant with medical malpractice insurance carriers. He is currently the Vice President of Healthcare Risk Engineering for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in New York City where he provides expertise in risk management and patient safety.
Mr. Midgley earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from Fordham University School of Law. He has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Rutgers University School of Nursing. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (FASHRM) for outstanding achievement and has earned Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) designation.
Mike is a Past President of the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York (AHRMNY) where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Mike is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American Association of Nurse Attorneys, American Bar Association, NY County Lawyers’ Association, American Association of Notaries, American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of NY and the NJ and FL ASHRM Chapters.
Mr. Midgley is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management teaching Advanced Practice for Risk and Safety Officers in the Master of Science in Patient Safety Program. Mike has authored risk management articles, including education modules for the Nursing Spectrum Journal. He routinely provides risk management lectures both locally and for national audiences.
ASHRM Board Member
Director of Education and Risk Management
Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange
Grand Rapids, MI
Margaret Curtin, MPA,HCA,CPHRM,DFASHRM,CPCU,Patient Safety Fellow, is the Director of Education and Risk Management for the Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange. She has 30 years of healthcare experience with the majority of it dedicated to loss prevention and patient safety in the medical professional liability industry. She began her career in healthcare working in Radiology then transitioned to the physician practice and then worked in managed care before joining an MPL risk management company. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a Healthcare concentration and is recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers as a Distinguished Fellow and as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. Margaret completed the National Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship program from which she authored the Quality Improvement in Ambulatory Care guide manual and taught over 400 physician practices how to use simple quality improvement processes to positively affect patient safety in their practices. Most recently, she completed her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Margaret is an active member of both ASHRM and her local Chapter MSHRM, having served in several volunteer and elected positions including President of her local MSHRM chapter. She has also been the recipient of the MSHRM chapter Venske Award which is a peer recognition award for contribution to the field of risk management. With ASHRM, Margaret has frequently served as member and chair for several committees including Membership, Annual Conference, ASHRM 2030 Fund, and was elected to serve on the Nomination Committee. Most recently she served as the chair for the Practice Issues Taskforce.
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Chief Risk Officer
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mountain View, CA
Hala Helm, JD, MBA, CPHRM, CHC, FACHE, FASHRM, is currently the Chief Risk Officer for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), where she is responsible for the development and maintenance of the overall risk management program for PAMF and its affiliated medical groups. Her responsibilities include the strategic development of the risk financing portfolio; management of all claims and litigation involving PAMF and its affiliated medical group; and the development and coordination of an integrated clinical risk management program for the region. Prior to joining PAMF, Helm held leadership positions in risk management, corporate compliance, and internal audit at health systems and academic medical centers in Indiana, Michigan, and California. She holds a Juris Doctor degree, Master's degree in business, and numerous professional healthcare certifications.
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Director, Clinical Risk Management
Community Health Systems
Sherrill Peters, BSN, ARM, CPHRM, FASHRM, has more than 25 years of healthcare risk management experience. She has been employed as the Director of Risk Management for Community Health Systems (CHS) for the past 12 years. At CHS she provides clinical risk management support to more than 2,500 employed physicians and their practices and to 135 affiliate hospitals in 29 states; manages the company’s employment practices liability claims and the insurance underwriting process for employed physicians; and performs continuous analysis of claims data to assist in directing the company’s risk prevention programs. Prior to joining CHS, Peters held leadership positions in risk management, quality, employee health, and infection control, both in an academic medical center and at the corporate level. Her clinical experience is in obstetrics nursing and she has multiple professional healthcare risk management designations. Peters serves as an ASHRM faculty member and is currently involved in teaching in the CPHRM preparation course. She has lectured extensively on risk management-related topics to promote a culture of patient safety.
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Chief Risk Officer
Veterans Health Administration Office of Quality,
Safety, and Value
Ann Arbor, Mi.
David Sine, DrBE, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, has worked for more than 35 years in safety, risk management, human factors, and organizational consulting. Sine has been the Senior Staff Engineer for The Joint Commission, a Senior Consultant for the American Hospital Association, and Vice Chair of the Board of Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. He is currently the Chief Risk Officer for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Quality, Safety, and Value. Sine is certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and as a Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manager by ASHRM. A healthcare risk management consultant since 1980, he has conducted more than 1,300 Joint Commission compliance assessment surveys.
Sine earned a Bachelor’s degree in design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while studying at the University of Chicago. He also has a Master’s degree in Health Policy and a Doctorate in Biomedical Ethics from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University.
He serves as a member of the Life Safety Code Subcommittee on Health Care Occupancies, The Joint Commission Committee on Healthcare Safety, and acts as a Risk Management and Clinical Ethics Advisor to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Sine frequently writes and speaks on the intersection of ethics, safety, and risk management. His most recent book about using aviation safety techniques on a nursing unit—Soaring to Success—was released in 2011.
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Perinatologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
North Shore University Hospital
Great Neck, NY
Victor R. Klein, MD, MBA is a Perinatologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Shore University Hospital. He is the Vice Chairman of Quality & Patient Safety and the Director of Patient Safety and Risk Reduction in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. He is on the Board of Directors of the North Shore-LIJ RRG and is the Chairman of its claims committee.
Dr. Klein has been involved in risk management and patient safety for over 20 years and has lectured extensively on these topics throughout the country. He has obtained CPHRM and FASHRM certifications and has lectured at the ASHRM annual meeting for several years. Dr. Klein has also been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management for the past 5 years, and is the current Editor.
Dr. Klein received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Brooklyn/Downstate Medical School. He completed his internship at Kings County Hospital Center, residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. Dr. Klein recently completed his MBA in Quality Management at Hofstra University.
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Enterprise Risk Officer
Barb is currently Enterprise Risk Officer at Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, in Beverly, Massachusetts and is responsible for risk prevention and control. She also acts as the HIPAA Privacy Officer, working closely with the Chief Compliance Officer. Barb received a diploma in Nursing from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, a BSN from Northeastern University, and an MPH from Boston University. Past roles include critical care and inpatient nursing management; performance improvement, infection control, safety, & employee health leadership as well as Joint Commission coordination. Barb has been an active member of MSHRM/ASHRM for 11 years & was chapter president in 2009. Most recently, she is a member of the ASHRM Board and is currently a member of the ASHRM ERM Advisory Committee.
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Vice President of Risk Management
St. Joseph Health System
Lisa Ramthun, RN, MSN, CPHRM, FASHRM is the Vice President of Risk Management for the St. Joseph Health System. Her responsibilities include oversight for the system in risk management, patient safety, infection prevention and the central office of research administration functions. Lisa has 26 years of healthcare experience most of which is dedicated to safety and risk management. Lisa began her career as an emergency room nurse in a busy level II trauma center. She then transitioned into the pre-hospital care environment where she ran critical care nurse transport programs, clinical services as well as safety and risk management for both the southeastern and southwestern regions of American Medical Response.
Lisa holds a Master’s of Science and Nursing with a concentration in administration. She is recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers as a Fellow and as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. Lisa is an expert on Collaborative Just culture and is a frequent speaker on risk management topics.
Lisa is an active member of both the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and her local Chapter of the Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM), having served in both volunteer and elected positions including president of her local SCAHRM chapter.