Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety

The Community of Competence™ and Foundation for Life

Our History

Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety is a Houston-based active learning organization that specializes in the study of patient safety and improving healthcare quality.

In early 2003, the need to create a non-profit organization devoted to the study of patient safety that includes the patient’s unique health status, family history, current medical condition, beliefs, concerns, and values was examined. Three foundation officers diligently researched the need for this learning organization, evaluated similar foundations, and attended professional healthcare societies meetings. They consulted with numerous healthcare and business leaders, hospital administrators, deans of health information sciences and pharmacy departments, and other academic leaders. To be successful, it was evident that partnerships and collaboration with existing healthcare communities would need to be built. Effective April 2006, CRG (Community Resource Group) Medical Foundation for Patient Safety, doing business as (DBA) Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety, has been established for this purpose.

Our original eight member advisory board has expanded to 16 members from five major universities and 12 major healthcare or healthcare-related disciplines representing for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare and academic institutions, business groups in health, and government agencies. Our U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax-exemption status was received in December 2003. Dr. Elizabeth Smith developed and trademarked the underlying concept of Communities of Competence™ in which people work together, build partnerships, and share knowledge to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. From the beginning, this concept has served as the philosophical foundation of our organization—building competent communities to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.

Today, our impressive and diversified Board of Directors and Advisory Board of outstanding and accomplished individuals serve to direct and guide the Foundation to an ambitious future!

The Foundation and the Institute of Medicine Reports (1999, 2001, and 2004), the Health and Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Quality Form, and the Leapfrog Group all share the following aims and recommendations: provide healthcare that is safe, patient-centered, effective, efficient, timely, and equitable.

Institute of Medicine. (1999). To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Institute of Medicine (2004). Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.