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Labette Health employee earns patient safety credential

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hospital news

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recently recognized Tereasa DeMeritt, MSN, RN, APRN-NPc, of Erie, as a certified professional in patient safety (CPPS).

"Earning this credential attests to Tereasa's professional competency in patient safety science and application," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President, CBPPS. "This achievement demonstrates her expertise in this critical discipline and positions her among those committed to and leading patient safety work."

DeMeritt earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application. DeMeritt is currently employed as quality director/accreditation coordinator at Labette Health.

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

"We are very proud of Tereasa's accomplishment and her commitment to patient safety," said Kathi McKinney, vice president/chief nursing officer at Labette Health.

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 healthcare 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 healthcare who are determined to advance the patient safety field and make the healthcare system safer for all. To learn more, go to