Tidelands Health leader elected to statewide risk management board
A Tidelands Health leader has been elected to the board of a statewide association dedicated to safeguarding patient care and protecting hospital assets through risk management.
Laura Sousa, the risk manager at Tidelands Health since 2015, will serve as secretary of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. Her term begins in January.
Health care risk managers help safeguard patient care, as well as protect the organization’s assets, by identifying and addressing a variety of risks. The state association conducts educational programs to promote professional development and provides a forum for risk managers to share ideas.
Sousa, a certified professional health care risk manager, has nearly 45 years of experience in health care. She spent six years as a nurse in the United States Air Force, 34 years as a nurse clinical leader and nearly a decade as a risk manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Widener University and a master’s degree in health professions education from Seton Hall University.
Before moving to South Carolina, Sousa served as treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.
“Our work as risk managers plays a crucial role in helping health systems be their best,” Sousa said. “Serving on the state board gives me a wonderful opportunity to share my passion for our work, help guide training opportunities and promote the important role of risk managers.”