Jeff Grimm is One of 30 in Nation to Complete Program
ThedaStar flight nurse and safety officer Jeff Grimm is in rare company. He’s one of just 30 people in the world to be certified as a Medical Transportation Safety Professional (MTSP-C).
Grimm attended the Association of Air Medical Services’ Safety Management Training Academy one-week sessions in 2014 and 2015 before taking the certification exam earlier this year. The program’s goal is to create an internationally recognized standard that includes all aspects of safety management and risk mitigation in medical transportation, with an emphasis on safety management systems, patient safety, workplace safety and aviation/vehicle operational safety. ThedaCare Foundation-Neenah provided him with funding to attend the course.
Now that he has completed the program, Grimm plans to improve ThedaStar’s Safety Management System (SMS). He said all ThedaStar patients and crew members will benefit from having the SMS in place and an increased focus on safety.
“With an SMS in place, we are now more proactive rather than reactive in our safety program,” Grimm said. “This means our focus is on prevention of safety incidents by tracking trends and addressing minor issues before they expand into more severe safety issues. The goal is to make ThedaStar the safest possible medical transport program we can be.”
In addition to his MTSP-C, Grimm is also a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse and a Certified Flight Registered Nurse. He is also a licensed paramedic.
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than7,000 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 34 clinics in 14 counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. The ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton opened in February. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter