The National Patient Safety Foundation 2009 Chairman’s Medal was presented May 21, 2009, to Heidi B. King, acting director of
the Defense Department’s Patient Safety Program.
King, the first Department of Defense (DoD) official to receive the award, was honored for her leadership and ability to demonstrate
and inspire patient safety initiatives on behalf of DoD. As the director of the Healthcare Team Coordination Program, she is directly
responsible for overseeing activities to integrate teamwork principles into practice through education, training, research, collaborative
and outreach efforts to enhance patient care and safety in the MHS.