Helen Macfie Named Among Nation’s 50 Top Patient Safety Experts

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Helen Macfie

Helen Macfie

Helen Macfie, Pharm.D., MemorialCare Health System Chief Transformation Officer, has been named to two Becker’s Healthcare national lists of outstanding health care executives—50 U.S. Experts in Patient Safety and 8 Top Chief Transformation Officers. Dr. Macfie, a long-time Long Beach resident, is active with MemorialCare’s three Long Beach hospitals—Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach as well as it many outpatient programs, services and facilities.

The Patient Safety list features leading executives, clinicians, advocates, researchers and legislators who, according to Becker’s Healthcare, “work tirelessly to improve and innovate patient safety and eliminate medical errors. Each contributes to improving patient safety — leading influential government organizations, editing prominent journals and championing successful safety initiatives at their hospitals or health systems.” A new role in the executive suite, the Chief Transformation Officer helps lead organizations during these significant changes in health care delivery.

At MemorialCare, Dr. Macfie has executive responsibility for system transformation, performance improvement, clinical quality, patient safety, patient-family experience, strategic planning and Value Added Teams. She speaks nationally on strategy, Lean principles, performance improvement and patient safety. Previously she was MemorialCare’s Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and received its Living Our Leadership Award.

She serves on the Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality Advisory Panel, California Hospital Association’s Hospital Quality Institute and State Quality Committee, California Hospital Assessment and Report (CHART) Board, Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Executive faculty and several California statewide Advisory Boards. She also participated on the Malcolm S. Baldridge Examiner Panel.

Her 20-year career in organizational improvement at MemorialCare and other organizations was preceded by experience designing hospital pharmacist services. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy at University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy with a clinical residency at University of California San Diego and administrative residency at Long Beach Memorial. She became an Advisory Board Fellow (FABC) after completing a leadership fellowship.

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