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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.



Molly Hicks

Molly A. Hicks, RN, MSN

Molly received her Masters of Science in nursing at the University of Texas and Bachelor of Science from Dallas Baptist University. She is a health care professional with over 30 years’ experience in patient care, patient safety, quality and risk management.


She has served as the Director for Patient Safety for BSWH since 2012. Prior to joining BSWH, she served as VP of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Texas Institute for Surgery for nine years. In addition, she was in the role of Director of Risk and Quality for more than 10 years for two emergency physician staffing companies. Her clinical background has been in emergency, perioperative and critical care nursing.


Molly has worked in a variety of settings from community hospitals to teaching and trauma centers. During her career, she has presented on a variety of topics in emergency care and quality. She also has been a contributor to five publications. Her passion is patient safety and improving the care delivered in a changing health care environment. She is a native Texan and lives just outside of Dallas in Frisco with her husband and daughter.



Judy Prescott

Judy Prescott, BSN, Certified Infection Control Practitioner

The BSWH Department of Infection Prevention and Control gives high priority to the importance of excellence in infection prevention and control.


As Director of BSWH Department of Infection Prevention and Control, Judy brings more than 32 years of infection prevention and control experience to this work. Judy leads the BSWH Infection Control Council, which shares good practices across the System.


A certified Infection Control practitioner, Judy began her career at Baylor in 1994 as director of infection control and employee health at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. She then moved to the position of manager of epidemiology at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas before moving into her current role.


In addition to serving in numerous leadership roles with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control, Judy has served as an IC consultant for rural hospitals, long-term care facilities and local industry. She also served two terms as president of the Texas Society of Infection Control Practitioners.



Yan Xiao

Yan Xiao, PhD

Dr. Yan Xiao is the Director for Human Factors and Patient Safety Science. Dr. Xiao leads the human factors program at the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas. The program includes training workshops for staff to spread the science of human factors through the health care system to create a safer and more efficient environment for patients and staff.


Dr. Xiao is Principal Investigator of a large federally funded project to reduce medication errors during care transition using human factors methods, and he has created training games for clinicians to learn communication skills.


In addition to his role at BSWH, he is also an adjunct professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Dr. Xiao completed his PhD in human factors at the University of Toronto in Canada, and he has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and lectured on patient safety and human factors internationally.


Prior to joining BSWH, he was tenured full professor of Anesthesiology at University of Maryland School of Medicine.



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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