Medical Director, Patient Safety

Job ID 2020-34663
Area of Interest
MD, Dentist & Related
Location Name
70th & SPW Admin Offices
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Surgical Services
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s –- to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago: we will care for all children in our region, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent, academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.


In 2019, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 27th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.


As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.


The Medical Director is a key driver to reduce harm and improve patient safety throughout the Seattle Children's system.   The Medical Director of Patient Safety collaborates with key leaders and staff to develop and implement programs that reduce patient harm and enable the organization to achieve outstanding performance on key patient safety metrics.  Works with senior leadership to set direction and evaluation of Patient Safety strategies, programs and initiatives. Creates and sustains a culture of safety that proactively identifies risk, encourages adverse event reporting, analyzes safety events in a thoughtful, learning-oriented way, and facilitates system-wide learning to achieve the safest possible patient care. Ensures national benchmarks and regulatory requirements related to patient safety are achieved and maintained.   Oversees efforts to develop, implement and maintain policies and procedures that meet regulatory (Federal and State) and accreditation requirements.   Provides education related to patient safety and reliability internally and externally. Integrates and utilizes the IHI Model for Improvement and Continuous Innovation and Improvement (CII) methodology to promote excellence in clinical care and service. . Evaluates the quality and appropriateness of patient care to ensure it meets applicable regulatory requirements and assures the quality of care and service targets are in keeping with Seattle Children’s goals, vision and philosophy.


  • Degree of doctor of medicine (MD) or osteopathy (DO)
  • Licensed as a physician in the State of Washington
  • Board eligibility or certification in Pediatrics, Pediatric Subspecialty, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Surgical Subspecialty, or Anesthesia
  • Federal DEA Registration
  • Active Medical Staff membership and appropriate clinical privileges at Seattle Children’s
  • Minimum of three (3) years experience in leading quality and patient safety programs, utilizing the principles and tools of the IHI Model for Improvement, high reliability, resilience engineering, human factors

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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