Vonda Vaden Bates, BA

Governance Board Member

Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Patient Advocate
CEO, 10th Dot

Vonda Vaden Bates is on the Governance Board of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and is a public speaker and patient safety advocate. Bates began campaigning to improve communication and safety in healthcare after extensively researching how her late husband died from the most common preventable cause of hospital death, hospital-associated venous thromboembolism.

Following stalled attempts to engage the hospital in discussions surrounding their failures in her husband’s case, Bates turned her attention to patient and caregiver safety everywhere, with the goal of preventing similar tragic outcomes for other patients and shedding light on the impact that opaque hospital cultures have upon grieving families.

Bates is CEO of 10th Dot, a company founded by her late husband, which coaches and trains individuals, teams, and organizations to perform at their best. The company actively works with healthcare institutions to improve communication and safety by encouraging mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and ego collaboration. Her creative approach has also influenced major market shifts in television, retail, banking, technology, and education.