National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute Awarded $1 Million Grant from Medtronic

Unrestricted Funding Supports Institute's Mission to Bring Lasting Improvements to Patient Safety


BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute—the National Patient Safety Foundation's think tank—recently announced a $1 million grant from Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions.

The grant, to be distributed over three years, was announced at the 9th Annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner, held September 15 in Boston, Massachusetts. The grant will help the Institute lead the health care field in the development of strategies to bring lasting improvements to patient safety.

"The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute is composed of the most distinguished leaders in the patient safety field," said Steve Blazejewski, senior vice president and president of the Patient Monitoring & Recovery business, Minimally Invasive Therapies Group, at Medtronic. "We are pleased to help enhance the Institute's work to improve patient care and safety and support the role of the health care workforce in delivering the safest care."

This is the first unrestricted funding for the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, whose members will determine which initiatives it will support. Medtronic will be recognized as inaugural funder of the Institute.

Since 2010, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute has collected research and convened multi-stakeholder roundtables to investigate critical concepts for transforming the safety of the health care system. Beginning in 2010, the Institute released a series of reports, as well as other publications, addressing each of these areas: transparency in health care; patient and family engagement; restoring joy and meaning in work and ensuring the safety of the health care workforce; care integration; and reform of medical education.

Future work will focus on the issues that intersect each of these concepts, such as the need for improved measures of patient safety metrics, greater patient and family engagement in health care, and greater awareness of patient safety issues among the general public.

"We are extremely pleased that Medtronic has chosen to so generously support the Institute's work," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and chief executive officer of NPSF and of the Institute. "This grant will be enormously helpful in ensuring that the Institute can continue its mission of providing the strategic vision for improving patient safety."

All of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute reports, as well as webinar replays and other publications, are available on the website.

About the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members are national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care. For more information, or to find out how you can support the Institute's work, visit

About Medtronic

Medtronic plc ( (NYSE:MDT), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world's largest medical technology, services and solutions companies - alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 88,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.


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