Stephen Harden is the CEO and co-founder of LifeWings Partners LLC – a team of physicians, astronauts, pilots, and nurses that have helped over 120 health care organizations in the U.S. and abroad implement the best safety practices from aviation and other high reliability industries. He has authored two books in patient safety including “CRM: The Flight Plan for Lasting Change in Patient Safety” published by HCPro. Results of his patient safety work have appeared in over 35 publications and news outlets.
Mr. Harden has been deeply involved in safety training for 20 years, producing over 40 separate training programs for commercial aviation, military flight squadrons, heavy construction, and health care. He is a certified TeamSTEPPSTM Master Trainer and has personally trained over 20,000 physicians, nurses, staff, and administrators in the last 10 years.
A professional pilot for 35 years, Stephen is a captain for a major international airline. His expertise in the field of aviation safety training has resulted in 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.
Harden is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He accumulated 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.