Kim Werkmeister


  • Bachelor of Arts – California State University, Fullerton
  • Associate Degree, Nursing – Saddleback College
  • Graduate Certificate, Patient Safety Leadership, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Master of Science, Patient Safety Leadership, In-progress, University of Illinois, Chicago

Certifications/Professional Memberships:

  • Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
  • Certified Professional Patient Safety (CPPS)
  • Patient and Family Advisory Council, Mission Hospital, Member
  • CHOC Children’s at Mission Advocacy Committee, Chair
  • Board of Directors, California Association for Healthcare Quality (CAHQ) Leadership Development Chair

Areas of Focus for Speaking Engagements include:

  • Prevention of avoidable readmissions
  • Prevention of hospital-associated venous thromboembolism
  • Prevention of adverse drug events
  • Opioid Stewardship
  • Maternal Health Safety
  • Building High Reliability in Healthcare
  • Just Culture
  • General Quality Improvement Principles

Recent Publications/Reviews:

Past Work:

  • Hospital Quality Institute/California Hospital Association
    Clinical Improvement Educator2016-2019
    Statewide development of in-person, virtual and written educational content related to improved patient safety and clinical professional expertise. Development of toolkits, monographs, webinars, and in-person educational events focused on reduction of healthcare-associated harm and on-going quality improvement.
  • California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC)
    Quality Improvement Faculty Member2015 – Current
    Faculty member responsible for providing educational and consultative services related to quality improvement for the maternal health population in hospital settings. Contributor to the development of written educational materials, individual hospital team coaching, and presenter for virtual and in-person learning events.
  • Tenet Healthcare, Irvine Regional Hospital Medical Center / Western Medical Center Anaheim
    Director, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety1998 – 2009
    Leadership and oversight for organizational quality and patient safety strategic planning, risk management, case management, infection prevention, and medical staff improvement efforts at two Southern California hospitals. Prior to role in Quality Improvement, served as Nursing Director for Behavioral Health Services.