Why Hospitals Should Fly
by John J. Nance, JD

2009 ACHE James A. Hamilton
Book of the Year Award-Winner!


The Book on CD is Now Available! Unabridged and Read by the Author.

John J. Nance, JD has been a dynamic and deeply dedicated member of the medical community for over two decades.  A world-class speaker, consultant and best selling author, John brings a rich diversity of professional training and background to the quest of patient safety and medical practice improvement.  His new book, Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care (Second River Healthcare Press 2008), is reinventing the cultural foundations of healthcare and bringing clarity to the decade-long patient safety and quality care debate. One of the founding members of the National Patient Safety Foundation, John was a member of the Executive Committee and served on the Foundation’s board for 9 years. 


"This book is a tour de force, and no one but John Nance could have written it. He, alone, masters in one
mind the fields of aviation, health care safety, medical malpractice law, organizational sociology, media
communication, and, as if that were not enough, the art of fine writing.

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
Former President and CEO
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)


I can’t think of anyone active at the national scene in quality and safety in healthcare who could have written a book like this one. Nance is a formidable character in real life, as a decorated military pilot, attorney, television celebrity and global airline safety expert…

David B. Nash, MD, MBA


Charting the Course
Sequel to Why Hospitals Should Fly
by John J. Nance, JD and
Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN

Released July 2012

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by John J. Nance, JD & Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN


John J. Nance, JD, brings a rich and varied professional background to American Healthcare. A lawyer, Air Force and airline pilot, prolific internationally-published author, national broadcaster, and professional speaker, he was one of the founding board members of the National Patient Safety Foundation in 1997, and has become one of the major thought leaders in reforming the culture of medicine.

John is a native Texan who grew up in Dallas, holds a bachelor’s degree from SMU and a juris doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, and is a licensed Texas attorney. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for SMU in 2002 and named Distinguished Alumni for Public Service of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2010, he is also a decorated Air Force pilot and a Lt. Colonel in the USAF Reserve. John is an internationally recognized air safety advocate, best known to North American television audiences as Aviation Analyst for ABC World News and Aviation Editor for Good Morning America. He is also the nationally-known author of 19 major books, including the highly-acclaimed 2009 book for American Healthcare Why Hospitals Should Fly, which won the prestigious “Book of the Year” award in 2009 from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He lives on San Juan Island, Washington, with his wife and co-author, Kathleen Bartholomew.

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, is an internationally known speaker and consultant who uses the power of story and her strong background in sociology to study the healthcare culture. The author of Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication and Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility, she utilized her clinical experience as nurse manager of a 57 bed surgical unit to raise awareness of, and provide ground breaking research on, horizontal violence and physician-nurse communication.

As one of the nation’s most effective speakers on clinical matters affecting relationships, communication, teamwork, and patient safety, she has become a thought leader in changing the way front-line staff relate to each other and leadership to transform the focus of American Healthcare to a truly patient-centric model. She works with boards of directors, CEOs, senior hospital leadership teams, the military and private industry across North America.

Kathleen lives with her husband, co-author John J. Nance, on San Juan Island in Washington State - thanks to match.com.


Why Hospitals Should Fly - The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care
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