Georgetown Community Hospital Leaders Earn National Patient Safety Certification

November 23, 2015

Georgetown Community Hospital Leaders Earn National Patient Safety Certification

William Haugh, FACHE, chief executive officer (CEO), and Donna Davis, chief nursing officer (CNO) of Georgetown Community Hospital, a part of LifePoint Health, have earned the esteemed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) designation. Given by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS), the three-year certification distinguishes healthcare professionals who have demonstrated competency in patient safety science and have effectively planned and implemented patient safety initiatives.

“Earning this safety credential demonstrates William’s and Donna’s mastery of the practical application of patient safety science,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President, CBPPS. “Their expertise in this critical discipline positions them among the top healthcare leaders who are committed to advancing patient safety.”

The nationally recognized certification program establishes core standards for patient safety, identifies benchmarks for healthcare professionals, and determines expected proficiency levels.  To earn the CPPS credential, Haugh and Davis were required to pass a rigorous, evidence-based exam that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application.

“William and Donna deserve to be recognized and commended for their efforts to ensure that patient safety is a top priority at Georgetown Community Hospital each and every day,” said Scott Raplee, president of LifePoint Health’s Central Group of hospitals. “Earning the CPPS credential underscores their outstanding leadership and proficiency in improving safety measures and their commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our patients.”

Haugh has spent seven years in hospital leadership positions at LifePoint Health facilities.  Prior to Georgetown Community Hospital, he served as chief operating officer (COO) at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County in Martinsville, Va., and CEO of Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville, Ky.  Haugh earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

With 31 years of nursing experience, Davis has spent the last 10 years leading clinical nursing teams at LifePoint Health facilities. She served as CNO at Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris, Ky., for six years before joining the leadership team at Georgetown Community Hospital as CNO in 2011. Davis earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. 

For more information about the CPPS credential, contact the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety at (617) 391-9927 or email


The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by, but is a separate organizational entity from, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for healthcare professionals. To this end, successful completion of the rigorously-designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to candidates’ knowledge of essential patient safety competencies, upon which time the board confers the CPPS credential. Those attaining the CPPS designation represent a group of committed professionals from across healthcare who are determined to advance the patient safety field and make the healthcare system safer for all. To learn more, go to

About Georgetown Community Hospital

A part of LifePoint Health, Georgetown Community Hospital is a 75-bed acute care facility with an award-winning history of providing excellence in healthcare. Georgetown Community Hospital’s patients have access to a broad range of quality healthcare, utilizing the most advanced technology including bariatric, orthopedic, and general surgery; women’s services; and outpatient services including physical therapy and radiology. Our Emergency Department is here to help 24 hours a day.