Edward Hall, Eastern Kentucky ’96, has dedicated more than 20 years to the advancement and improvement of safe patient handling, the largest loss category in health care. He serves today as the chief safety officer of the Owner Controlled Insurance Program and executive director of risk management for Stanford Healthcare and Stanford Children’s Health in California. Brother Hall oversees the risk program for hospital expansion and construction projects as well as workers compensation, claims and litigation, and risk reduction programs.
Many of the safety initiatives Brother Hall designed and implemented have drastically improved the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services in hospitals nationwide. He partnered with industry leaders nationwide to develop a business case for more than 60 hospitals or hospital systems, focusing his efforts on utilizing quantifiable data to identify risk reduction objectives and opportunities.
A nationally recognized expert in the field, he has received several notable honors. Hall’s leadership helped Stanford University Hospital and clinics earn a Best Practice award for safe patient handling. Additionally, Hall received the Malinda S. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Quality and Service, the highest honor given employees of Stanford Hospital and clinics.
“It is a personal goal to make significant, positive contributions to the landscape of American health care, and I feel that the largest impact can be made in the arena of safety and risk,” Mr. Hall said. “There are several emerging issues that accompany the benefits of new technology in health care, including cyber risk, data breaches and other threats not yet discovered. This makes active learning a major component of my job. I learned at EKU the value of continuously growing and actively seeking to increase my knowledge in order to find effective solutions for contemporary problems.”
Brother Hall honed his leadership skills as an Eastern Kentucky student, serving as president of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and with Student Senate and the Interfraternity Council. It was an omen of far bigger things to come.
Excerpt from the Eastern Kentucky University International Alumni Association