Citizens for Patient Safety, LLC is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. Citizens for Patient Safety (CPS) was founded in 2005 by Patricia Skolnik after she and her husband, David, lost their only child to medical error and poor communication. In 2015, Patricia formed a partnership with Linda Sample to broaden the scope and capacity to further CPS’ mission. Linda lost her father, a radiologist and pioneer in nuclear medicine, at a young age from untreated mental illness and suicide. Patricia and Linda are very passionate about educating and empowering patients and families to manage their own health and be part of their healthcare team, as well as, training and coaching healthcare professionals and integrated care teams on Shared Decision-Making and Communication.

CPS’ mission is to increase engagement and communication between patients/families and providers for better healthcare outcomes. CPS provides curriculum, training and coaching designed to improve health literacy, strengthen person and family engagement as partners in their care and promote effective communication and coordination of care through Shared Decision-Making and transparency.

CPS services include:

  • Training and coaching (including train-the-trainer)
  • Presenting and facilitating workshops
  • Broad-based consulting (e.g. developing and implementing Patient and Family Partnership Councils)
  • Curriculum design

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