Remembering Jim Conway

Jim Conway was a passionate patient safety leader and advocate. He was known internationally for his efforts to include patients and family members as equal partners in care, support health care personnel and demand transparency about medical errors and harm. Jim died on July 14, 2021. Here are a few highlights of his many accomplishments: 

1953-1961

Jim and his family were among the original residents at Columbia Point public housing in Dorchester. Jim’s father was a Boston police officer, and the Conways were active members of the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts, in which Jim remained active as an adult leader. In 2015, Jim described growing up at Columbia Point for an oral history project at UMass Boston.

1969

Bachelor’s degree from Boston State University

1973-1995

Boston Children’s Hospital. A variety of roles including Radiology Administrator and Assistant Director for Patient Care Services

1992

Master’s degree from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1995-2005

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

2001

Individual Leadership Award in Patient Safety. From the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance

2005-2011

Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow Harvard School of Public Health. Adjunct Lecturer

2007

Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation. Distinguished Advisor

2008

Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care

2009-2019

Trustee at Winchester Hospital

2010

Co-author of Respectful Management of Serious Clinical Adverse Events

2012

Leadership Award from the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care

2016

Trustee Excellence in Leadership Award from the Mass Health and Hospital Association

 

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