Bolivar Medical Center Health Professionals Earn Patient Safety Credentials

February 28, 2018

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized four health professionals at Bolivar Medical Center as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Clinical Informatics Director and Risk Manager Rhonda Allen, Assistant Administrator Hannah Dreher, Quality Director and Patient Safety Director Teresa Grissette and Chief Nursing Officer JoAnn McCollum are currently the sole patient safety credentialed professionals in the state of Mississippi. 

“Earning this credential attests to the professional competency in patient safety science and application,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President, CBPPS. “This achievement demonstrates their expertise in this critical discipline and positions them among those committed to and leading patient safety work.”

Allen, Dreher, Grissette and McCollum earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. With the conferring of certification they are 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

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by, but is a separate organizational entity from, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and 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

A part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Bolivar Medical Center is a 165 bed acute-care general hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, which offers a full complement of medical and surgical services. The hospital also offers a wide array of outpatient services and in addition, includes a 35-bed nursing home, 12 swing beds and 12 geropsychology beds. For more information, visit or call 662-846-0061.