Martin J. Hatlie, JD

Marty Hatlie is CEO of Project Patient Care (PPC, a non-profit organization that uses the voice of the patient to improve care. PPC’s mission is to mobilize the diverse healthcare stakeholders in metropolitan Chicago to provide the best possible care to every patient every time, by eliminating preventable harm and implementing systemic change to ensure consistent excellence. He also is Co-Director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety.

Drawing on experience as a civil rights attorney, malpractice defense litigator, lobbyist and coalition-builder, Hatlie is active in both public and organizational policy development on patient safety, litigation reform and patient safety issues. He works extensively with consumers and organizations to foster the cultural paradigm shift necessary to support a patient-centered, systems-based approach to the delivery of healthcare services. Hatlie is active in U. S. federal health system transformation work as a consultant on several projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

He was a lobbyist for the American Medical Association for many years. In 1996, he was instrumental in developing the first Annenberg Conference on Patient Safety. In 1997, he coordinated the establishment of the National Patient Safety Foundation and served as its founding Executive Director (1997-99). From 2000 through 2002, Hatlie served as the National Chair of VHA Inc.’s Accelerated Learning Initiative on Patient Safety, working with VHA member hospitals across the country.

Mr. Hatlie is the co-editor of the Patient Safety Handbook (Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2003), one of the first textbooks in the field of patient safety. He has authored numerous articles addressing patient safety, patient engagement and medical liability issues. Among other activities, p4ps develops case-based training tools exploring systems problems that produce adverse patient events. Its interactive educational programs, the First Do No Harm® video series, developed in partnership with the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, are used widely in more than 40 countries.

Mr. Hatlie currently serves in Board of Directors positions for Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, the Leapfrog Group Board of Directors, the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management and MacNeal Hospital. He currently serves on advisory bodies for AHRQ, the Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. He also serves on the Steering Committees of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Action Plan and Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS), a part of the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Programme. Hatlie has helped organize and facilitate numerous workshops in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe that prepare participants to be PFPS Patient Safety Champions.

Previously, Mr. Hatlie was a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Medical Error and served on the boards of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Physician Insurers Association of America, the American Tort Reform Association and Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus. He was the Founding Chair of both the Health Care Liability Alliance and the National Medical Liability Reform Coalition – both are Washington, D.C.-based coalitions that advocate civil justice and patient safety reform. Mr. Hatlie is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Illinois.

Vonda Vaden Bates

Vonda Vaden Bates is an alliance builder and leadership coach. For over 30 years Vonda has guided professionals to succeed on behalf of their organizations and careers. She helps people move from potential to action, set and reach goals, manage engaged teams, and communicate with influence. Her creative approach has influenced major market shifts in television, retail, banking, technology and education.

In 2013 Vonda decided to contribute her skills on behalf of safety in health care after researching how her husband, Yogiraj Charles Bates, died from one of the most common preventable causes of death, hospital-associated venous thromboembolism. Advocating for every person in the care system, Vonda brings a compassionate voice, strategic skills, and collaboration expertise to improve communication and safety in health care.

She is the CEO of 10th Dot®, a company founded by her late husband, which coaches and trains individuals, teams and organizations to perform at their best.