Tom Van Dawark, CEO
Orca Partners LLC
Orca Partners offers
Leading, coaching and hands on support
We partner directly with boards, board committees and senior leadership
to assess your current state, address your barriers to change and
assist you to adopt and adapt proven best practices for safety and
quality excellence. Working in partnership with you, drawing on
your safety enhancement ideas and considering your available resources,
we can systematically achieve measurable improvements.
Speaking, teaching and workshop facilitation
Working with healthcare organizations, associations and advocacy
groups, Orca Partners promotes safety-focused, patient-centered
healthcare governance through speaking engagements, webinar participation
and workshop facilitation. Our customizable presentations and workshops
cover a wide range of topics, from how boards can take ownership
of patient safety and quality to more in-depth discussions of individual
governance best practices, such as how to partner with your patients
in safety and quality work.
A Safety-Focused Governance Model
The Orca Safety-Focused Governance Model pulls together the governance
practices used and lessons learned by high performing healthcare
boards, as well as boards in other industries, into an effective,
step-by-step change process. The Orca Model provides a flexible
structure to guide your board in adopting a safety-focused, patient-centered
approach, and supports your governance transformation with current
best practices, detailed examples, stories, resources, and tools.
Safety-focused, patient-centered care is so important because
We all know that preventable
harm is still a PROBLEM
200,000 patients each year are still losing their lives to preventable
medical harm. One in twenty Medicare patients contract a Healthcare
Acquired Infection related to their care. Focusing on patient needs
and putting patients first in governance deliberations, is critical
to safety and quality improvement.
The INSPIRATION is that we see that governance does matter
It is now clear to most boards, CEO's and stakeholders that our
boards are ultimately responsible for safety and quality and in
fact are the only entities capable of directing sustainable improvements.
Safety-focused, patient-centered boards can and are making a real
difference in outcomes. In addition, boards that have successfully
harnessed their organization's shared passion for safety have found
that the same practices that improve safety outcomes also bring
other far-reaching organization-wide benefits.
The OPPORTUNITY is to make governance work for you
Boards must be the first to change if we are to successfully reduce
preventable harm, and we don't need to start from scratch. Lessons
learned by high performing boards not only offer inspiration for
change, but also provide replicable best practices that can be adopted
Orca Partners can help your board seize the opportunity to make
real, sustainable improvements in safety, quality and patient experiences
by adopting key safety-focused, patient-centered practices.
Us to learn more.