Stephen Harden is Chairman and CEO of LifeWings Partners LLC – a team of physicians, astronauts, nurses and pilots that have helped over 140 healthcare organizations in the U.S. and abroad implement the best safety practices from aviation and other high reliability industries. He is the author of two books on patient safety, including “CRM: The Flight Plan for Lasting Change in Patient Safety”, the definitive how-to text on implementing aviation-based safety tools in healthcare, published by HCPro. 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 20 years, producing over 40 separate training programs for commercial aviation, military flight squadrons, heavy construction, military contractors, and healthcare. He is a certified TeamSTEPPS® master trainer and has personally trained over 20,000 physicians, nurses, staff and administrators in the last 10 years.
A professional pilot with 34 years of experience, Stephen is a captain for a major international airline. His expertise in the field of aviation safety training has garnered him seven awards for superior performance and Quality Achievement. He also served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Southern California’s School of Aviation Safety.
Mr. 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. .
Mr. Harden has provided human factors and safety training for a wide variety of military and commercial customers for 20 years, producing over 40 separate training programs for aviation, heavy construction, the U.S. military, and health care. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor, as well as an FAA certified flight examiner. Married with five children, Steve resides with his wife in Memphis, Tennessee.
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“Stephen Harden is one of the best speakers I have heard in 20 years in healthcare.”
Since 2001 Steve Harden has helped more than 100 healthcare organizations implement an improved culture of safety. His courseware and training have resulted in measurable improvements at hospitals nationwide and have been touted in more than 30 major media outlets for their success.