HRO conference to focus on how to prepare for the unexpected

Academicians, consultants and practitioners from vastly different fields will share their expertise on how to improve safety, productivity and resilience during the 2014 Eighth International High Reliability Organizing Conference March 28-30 at UNT Health Science Center.

Seventy presenters from organizations such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Transportation Safety Board and Los Alamos National Laboratory will speak on how High Reliability Organizations (HROs) can better manage unexpected events. The conference is the only non-commercial, international, inter-industry event that brings together experts to present their experiences related to HRO.

Although seating is limited, it’s not too late to register for the conference, which is being held in the Medical Education and Training Building and the Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building.

The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Registration will be accepted at the door. Cost is $795.

High Reliability Organizations are built on the principle that human error will happen and it is far better to anticipate the unimaginable and develop skills related to resilience than to ignore it. 

The conference is expected to attract more than 200 attendees from around the globe and include representatives from aerospace, education, health care, logistics and manufacturing industries.

UNT Health Science Center President Mike Williams, DO, MD, MBA, implemented HRO principles while serving as CEO of Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg.  There, Dr. Williams developed a values-based culture, empowered his team members and focused on patient experience and safety and on quality of care.

For information about the International HRO Conference at UNTHSC, call: 817-735-2445

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