Board of Directors
Vice President, Healthcare Risk Engineering at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
New York, NY
Mike Midgley, RN, JD, MPH, CPHRM, DFASHRM 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.
President, Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC
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.
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Vice President, Risk Management and Client Services 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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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 the Enterprise Risk Officer at Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, in Beverly, Massachusetts and is responsible for risk prevention and control. She acts as the HIPAA Privacy Officer, working closely with the Chief Compliance Officer and works closely with the CFO and the self-insurance program.
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, is currently a member of the ASHRM ERM Advisory Committee and is the board's liaison to the ASHRM Advocacy Committee.
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Founding Partner LR Risk Strategies LLC
Yorba Linda, CA
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.
Karen Liptak Garvey
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Vice President Safety & Clinical Risk Management
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Karen Garvey, BSN, MPA/HCA, CPHRM, DFASHRM, CPPS, Patient Safety Fellow is the Vice President of Safety & Clinical Risk Management for Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. Her responsibilities include oversight for the system in clinical risk management, patient safety, infection prevention and patient relations. Karen has more than 25 years of healthcare experience with several years being dedicated to patient safety and health care risk management. Karen began her career as a diploma staff nurse in a pediatric acute care setting then moved to the Neonatal Intensive Care where she later completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing before moving into a nurse manager role. With higher aspirations, she moved to direct a busy urban Level III high risk Labor & Delivery where she quickly learned about clinical risk management and legal claims. Karen has assumed various leadership roles in nursing, clinical risk management and patient safety at the local health system and corporate levels and has experience in health systems whose footprints reach beyond the United States.
Karen holds a Master's of Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. In July 2016, she was recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers as a Distinguished Fellow for her experience and contributions to the field. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. Karen also completed the HRET National Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship in 2008 and is a patient safety fellow. She has also had the privilege of being the ASHRM Liaison to the non-profit support group, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), a nationally recognized group of elite professionals whose mission is to support healing and restore hope' to patients, families and clinicians who have been impacted by an adverse medical event. Karen has also worked with healthcare organizations to develop internal support programs and has spoken on the topic.
Karen is an active member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and is actively involved as ASHRM teaching faculty for the Essentials Healthcare Risk Management Course and the course for risk management professionals to prepare for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) exam. She has also been involved with development and revision of some of the ASHRM Pearls and has served on or chaired several ASHRM committees some of which include but are not limited to the Practice Committee and Nominating Committee. Karen and another faculty colleague were fortunate to represent ASHRM in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in April 2016 where they were invited to teach a healthcare risk management class. This was an inaugural event for ASHRM. Karen is also a member of the local risk management chapter, the North Texas Society for Healthcare Risk Management (NTSHRM), is a member of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council for Patient Safety is a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety and teaching faculty for the National Patient Safety Foundation.
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Chief Legal Officer and Practice Group Leader for Risk, Regulatory, Ethics and Patient Care Senior Director of Risk Management Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department
Ms. Garrett, BSN, MED, JD, CPHRM, FASHRM, a Villanova University, College of Nursing graduate, was a Navy Nurse during the Vietnam Era. Currently she is responsible for designing, implementing and overseeing all aspects of The Johns Hopkins Health System Risk Management Program/Department. This includes six major United States hospitals, Johns Hopkins Homecare, Community Physicians, long-term care facilities, eight international hospitals and numerous clinics. In addition, she is responsible for development of an integrated approach to risk management and patient safety across the organization. She is an active member of many Hopkins Boards, in her role of Patient Safety, Ethics and Risk Management expert. She is the senior Legal Counsel for patient care and regulatory issues. She advises leaders, nursing medical staff on risk concerns, complex patient care matters, and legal and regulatory matters. She has a proven track record for preparing and coordinating Joint Commission and other regulatory surveys. She is a valued member of the executive leadership team. She oversees the attorney on-call program and mentors junior attorneys and risk managers. She provides educational programs in The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Nursing. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Law and mentor to over 200 law students in the past thirty years. She is a founding member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. She is a national and international speaker on risk management, nursing, patient safety and healthcare law issues.
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Safety Risk Manager
Hendricks Regional Health
Mr. Petrous, CPHRM, FASHRM has over 20 years of healthcare safety/risk management experience and been involved in healthcare operations for over 25 years. He has worked in long-term care, free-standing private psychiatric hospitals and currently for a County owned hospital since 2002. He has experience in risk management, safety management, life safety management, quality/process improvement, and emergency preparedness. He works closely with senior leaders on enterprise risk management principles to improve patient safety and operational excellence.
Mr. Petrous graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Engineering and Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and designated as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. He has also completed the Certificate in Healthcare Risk Management Program (Barton Modules). In 2007 the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM) acknowledged him with the Glenn T. Troyer Excellence in Risk Management Award.
Mr. Petrous has been a member of ASHRM since 2003 and served many roles at the chapter level including the Indiana Chapter President in 2005. He has also served on and chaired numerous committees and task forces for ASHRM. Mr. Petrous also provides educational, instructional and assessment services to healthcare organizations with a focus on risks, safety and disaster response.
Mr. Petrous also has been a speaker for ASHRM Conferences, poster presenter, and Bite Sized Learning presenter.