will resign as president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, effective Nov. 12, capping nine years as head of the Boston-based not-for-profit organization. Patricia McGaffigan
, the organization's VP of program strategy and management, will serve as interim president until Pinakiewicz's successor is chosen.
“NPSF has come a long way in the past nine years. I am very proud of the position we are now in and the talented staff we have in place, and I think it is time for me to turn the privilege of leading this organization over to someone new.”
In addition to serving as president of the foundation since 2003, Pinakiewicz has also sat on NPSF's board of directors since the organization's inception in 1997. She is also president of the Lucian Leape Institute, an organization housed within the NPSF that operates as a think tank and promotes patient-safety innovation.
Pinakiewicz previously held a variety of roles in healthcare leadership, strategy and consulting. She spent five years as senior director of the healthcare strategic leadership unit of Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, for instance, and also served as VP of managed-care programs at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.
During her tenure, the NPSF implemented a number of new initiatives, including continuing medical education and its recently established Certification Program for Professionals in Patient Safety.
After her departure, Pinakiewicz will hold the role of distinguished adviser.
“In anticipation of this decision, the board has been actively involved in preparing a transition plan and is currently conducting a national search for a successor,” the NPSF said.