Capt. Stephen W. Harden, Advisory Board Member
Capt. Stephen W. Harden
CEO, LifeWings Partners LLC Patient Safety Specialist
Stephen is the Chairman and CEO of LifeWings Partners LLC – a team of physicians, astronauts, nurses and pilots that have helped over 180 healthcare organizations and dental practices in the U.S. and abroad implement the best safety practices from aviation and other high reliability industries. He is the author, or contributing author, of three books on patient safety. Results of his patient safety work have appeared in over 35 publications and news outlets.
Mr. Harden has been involved in safety training for over 25 years, producing over 40 separate training programs for commercial aviation, military flight squadrons, heavy construction, military contractors, healthcare and dental practices. He is a certified TeamSTEPPSTM Master Trainer and has personally trained over 20,000 physicians, nurses, staff and administrators in the last 13 years.
Stephen is a dynamic presenter. His interactive presentations have been enjoyed by audiences at annual conferences conducted by AORN, The Joint Commission, American College of Surgeons, American Hospital Association, Society for Thoracic Surgeons, AmSECT, and many state hospital associations and QIOs.
A professional pilot with 39 years of experience, Stephen is a captain for a major international airline. His expertise in the field of aviation safety training has garnered him eight awards for superior performance and Quality Achievement.
Harden is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He accumulated over 300 aircraft carrier landings during service with the U.S. Navy and was selected to be an instructor pilot at the Navy’s elite Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and Type ratings in B-727, B-737, and MD-11 aircraft and has served as an FAA certified flight examiner.
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