Katie Lea Earns Patient Safety Credential


The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Katie Lea, MSN, MHA, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Saline Health System, as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). 

“At Saline Health System we are committed to patient safety,” said Michael Stewart, CEO Saline Health System. “Katie receiving this new certification is another example of her commitment to and leadership in patient safety.”

Lea earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application.

“We work with our nurses and entire staff every day to ensure we are providing the highest level of care at our hospital,” Lea said. “That’s why I was happy to have the opportunity to earn this credential.”

With the conferring of certification Lea is privileged to use the CPPS credential.

For more information about the CPPS credential, contact the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety at (617) 391-9927 or write to

About Saline Health System

Saline Health System incorporates Saline Memorial Hospital and multiple specialty clinics throughout Central Arkansas. Saline Health System is a full-service health care facility that has served Saline County and the surrounding areas for more than 65 years. With locations in Benton and Bryant, AR, Saline Health System serves the community as a comprehensive medical center offering a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services including behavioral health, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, sleep disorders, wound care and much more.


The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) as a separate organizational entity in 2012. Effective May 1, 2017, NPSF merged with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). CBPPS was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for health care professionals. To this end, successful completion of the rigorously-designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to candidates’ knowledge of essential patient safety competencies, upon which time the board confers the CPPS credential. Those attaining the CPPS designation represent a group of committed professionals from across health care who are determined to advance the patient safety field and make the health care system safer for all. To learn more, go to

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