U-M Health System executive who heads Blues hospital initiative cited as nationwide leader in patient safety



Darrell A. “Skip” Campbell Jr., a top surgeon at the University of Michigan who leads a Blue Cross-sponsored hospital partnership focusing on reducing surgical errors, has been named one of the nation’s top 50 experts leading the field of patient safety.

Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication focusing on legal and business issues for hospital executives, named Campbell Jr. as one of “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in its April edition.

Campbell Jr. is chief of clinical affairs and chief medical officer at the U-M Health System and Henry King Ransom Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery. He was recognized in part for his work leading the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a joint effort between 52 hospitals to reduce complications and surgical site infections by sharing data and identifying best practices. You can hear more about the program in the short video below.

The initiative, one of 12 hospital partnership funded by BCBSM, saved an estimated $85.9 million in health care costs over two years while improving patient outcomes on a host of fronts.

Becker’s also named Richard Boothman, the U-M Health System’s chief risk officer, to its list of patient-safety leaders. Other Michigan hospital leaders recognized were Dr. Robert Connors, president of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, and Dr. William A. Conway, executive vice president and chief quality officer of Henry Ford Health System and CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit. Find the full list here.

Blue Cross congratulates Campbell and the rest for their dedication to improving the health care system.

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