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Laurie Wolf, Ph.D

Director of Human Factors Implementation
Carilion Clinic

Laurie Wolf, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience in the health care environment. She received her Ph.D. in human factors and ergonomics from Loughborough University. Dr. Wolf is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and three book chapters. Her interests include improving safety for both patients and staff. By implementing appropriate ergonomic interventions in industrial and hospital environments, she has achieved outcomes such as preventing accidents, increasing productivity, lowering injury rates, and reducing worker's compensation costs. Her recent health care work involves quality improvement projects to achieve efficient processes and error proofing that result in a safe environment for staff and patients. Outcomes include 25 percent reduction in falls, over 30 percent reduction in pressure ulcers, 80 percent improvement in physician communication and decrease in length of stay and discharge times.