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Patient Safety

The Office of Patient Safety was formed in 2005 at Baylor Health Care System, now part of Baylor Scott & White Health, to address the increasing concern of patient safety across the health care industry.


To further define patient safety, the Institute of Medicine stated in its 1999 report, To Err Is Human, that health care entities need to create a culture of patient safety – defined as the cumulative effect of the attitudes, aptitudes, views, values, and individual and group actions that dictate an organization’s dedication to, approach to and proficiency of safety management.


Baylor Scott & White Health has developed a robust patient safety program to drive our mission to:

  • Achieve no preventable deaths
  • Ensure no preventable injuries
  • Seek no preventable risk




Jan Compton

Jan Compton, MS-HCAD, BSN, RN, CPHQ

Jan is Vice President of Patient Safety and Chief Patient Safety Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH). In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the health care system’s efforts to develop and implement evidence-based patient safety practices intended to help the organization pursue its vision of "no preventable deaths, no preventable injuries and no preventable risk."


Jan’s passion for patient safety is demonstrated as she directs BSWH programs to reduce inpatient mortality, promotes an organizational culture conducive to the development of patient safety innovations and guides employees in the adoption of patient safety values.



Tamra Acierni

Tamra Acierni, RN, MSN

Tamra is the Director of Patient Safety for BSWH. Prior to joining the Office of Patient Safety, she served as Director of Quality & Patient Safety for Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center for four years. In addition, she was in the role of Director of Emergency Services at BSW Hillcrest for seven years.


Tamra has served on many hospital, system and community councils focusing on quality and patient safety initiatives. She has a history of transforming team and work environments to propel quality and safe care forward in a complex health care environment.


Tamra received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University and Associate of Science – Nursing from McLennan Community College. She lives in Waco with her husband, son and two dogs.

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