Ms. Gocke has overall responsibility for the Risk Management & Patient Safety department at BETA Healthcare Group. Before joining BETA Healthcare Group in 2009, she was the Manager of Patient Safety and Clinical Risk in the corporate headquarters of a 42 hospital system where she was involved in a variety of system-wide risk management and quality improvement efforts focused on enterprise wide risk management. Ms. Gocke is a certified professional in healthcare risk management, is a registered nurse specialty certified in obstetrics and holds a certificate as a paralegal. She completed her Patient Safety Leadership fellowship in 2009 through the American Hospital Association and serves as Vice President of the National Certification Corporation (NCC) Board, a nurse certification agency. Ms. Gocke earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management and her Masters of Science degree in Patient Safety Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine.
Mr. D’Aquila worked in healthcare for over 25 years with a background in hospital based risk management, patient safety, legal compliance and contracts. In his previous role as a hospital based Director of Risk Management he implemented loss prevention programs, lead the patient safety department and was in charge of all physician contracting and compliance issues for the medical center. Mr. D’Aquila is both a registered nurse and an attorney having received his Juris Doctorate degree from Abraham Lincoln University in Los Angeles.
As a nurse Mr. D’Aquila held nursing leadership and staff roles in Oncology, Infectious Disease, Emergency Department/Critical Care and Med/Surg prior to becoming an attorney. With his background in nursing and law his passion is providing education to clinicians on documentation, issues of consent and patient safety and ensuring evidence based clinical processes are in place to foster the sustainable safe delivery of healthcare.
Ms. Grisbach has been providing clinical risk management and patient safety consultation for BETA Healthcare Group since 2006. Prior to coming to BETA, Ms. Grisbach worked for 20 years as an emergency department nurse, paramedic liaison, preceptor and administrator. Additionally, she was a Legal Nurse Consultant and testifying expert for emergency nursing and forensic exams; and was a hospital-based risk manager, compliance, privacy and patient safety officer for a region of hospitals in Southern California.
Ms. Grisbach is a Fellow with the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (FASHRM), Master trainer for Just Culture and TeamSTEPPS, certified instructor for Crucial Conversations, and a 2012–2013 graduate of the Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship program sponsored by the American Hospital Association. She was a contributing author of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management’s 2012 Edition of Emergency Department Pearls and recently authored a chapter on risk management for emergency nurses in Emergency Nursing: the profession, the pathway, the practice. Ms. Grisbach served for four years on the American Hospital Association CPHRM Certification Program committee.
Jean-Marie Kane comes to BETA with 37 years of clinical experience and insurance experience in managed care. Her clinical experience as a registered nurse includes medical-surgical, operating room, critical care and nursing management. Ms. Kane has specialized in the field of risk management since 1989, having received her education and training at FOJP Service Corporation in New York where she was responsible for the training of risk management professionals and co-authored a web-based educational program for physicians.
Since moving to California, she has provided risk management, licensing, regulatory compliance and patient safety services to general acute care hospitals and introduced risk management best practices such as Just Culture and Executive Leadership Safety Walking Rounds. Ms. Kane is certified in training of communication in the face of adverse events. She has implemented high reliability concepts and provided education on risk and patient safety-related topics. Jean-Marie looks forward to serving our members with the dedication and commitment that are hallmarks of BETA’s risk management and safety team. Jean-Marie may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan D. Stewart, J.D., M.S., RN, CEN, CPPS, CPHRM
Director, Risk Management & Patient Safety
Mr. Stewart is a Registered Nurse and certified professional in healthcare risk management. Prior to joining BETA Healthcare Group, he oversaw the patient safety and clinical risk management programs of the eight VA health systems spanning the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Stewart earned his Master’s degree in nursing (health policy) from the University of California at San Francisco and his law degree with a certificate in health law from the University of Tulsa. He was a 2010-2011 VHA Inc. patient safety fellow and he holds a certificate in clinical bioethics from Loyola University Chicago. Mr. Stewart was the 32nd president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and is on faculty for the nursing program at California State University East Bay. He has previously served on the board of directors of the California Society for Healthcare Risk Management and on the editorial review board of the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.
Ms. Tarnow joined BETA in 2010, having working in the healthcare field for over 25 years, with the last 19 years being dedicated to Risk Management. In her previous roles as a hospital based risk manager and Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety, Ms. Tarnow was responsible for risk identification, loss prevention, sentinel event management, and development and implementation of reliable systems to promote patient safety throughout an integrated healthcare (acute care hospital, affiliated medical offices, and ambulatory surgery center).
Ms. Tarnow is a past president and current member of the California Association of Healthcare Risk Management (CSHRM). She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) and completed the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Officer training in 2006.
Mr. Duke brings over 13 years of emergency department experience to BETA. From staff nurse to department manager, he has served in all capacities in the ED at both urban academic settings to smaller community hospitals. Dedicated to patient safety and quality care, Al is a contributor to the development of core competencies in emergency nursing in partnership with the Emergency Nurse Association and published on this work. He has also presented both locally and nationally on TeamSTEPPS, simulation and the use of Lean/Six Sigma strategies.
Al received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loma Linda University and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Additional certifications include: Certified Emergency Nurse, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Master TeamSTEPPS Trainer.
Al is located in the Glendale office and is available to answer all clinical inquiries related to the emergency department setting.
Ms. Matheny brings more than 15 years in the healthcare field to BETA, with the last 6 years being dedicated to Risk Management, Quality Management and Perinatal Patient Safety.
In her previous role as Quality Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente she was a member of the Perinatal Patient Safety Program, lent her expertise to the direction of the Critical Events Training Team (CETT), investigated cases and managed the peer review process across multiple care areas.
Ms. Matheny also spent 12 years at the bedside as a registered nurse and clinical supervisor in Maternal-Infant Care with the majority of her experience garnered in high-risk Labor & Delivery. At California Hospital Medical Center Ms. Matheny led multiple perinatal patient safety initiatives that included training all OB/neonatal areas in crew resource management principles, creating and implementing hospital-wide emergency response protocols and implemented various quality improvement strategies introduced through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
A graduate of San Diego State University with a B.A. in Psychology, she also holds a B.S.N. degree from the University of Southern California.