Is Your Doctor On Probation?

Is your doctor on PROBATION?

Well, there is NO WAY for you to know. In the state of California they do not have to inform you – no matter how restrictive the probation! My fellow advocates at the California Safe Patient Network and I, feel there is something VERY WRONG with that. We hope you do too! Continue reading Is Your Doctor On Probation?

NPSF Guest Blog for Minority Health Month

Thank you to the National Patient Safety Foundation  and the Partnership for Patients for inviting me to write a Guest Blog during National Minority Health Month.  It was an honor to help bring awareness to health disparities and create a dialogue on solutions. Continue reading NPSF Guest Blog for Minority Health Month

ac•tiv•ism: the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change

Some time ago, a question was posed to me and several people who had lost family members to various types of medical harm: “What do you prefer to be called – Patient Advocates or Patient Activists?”  My immediate response was that I am an Advocate. I am a Survivor who cares for patients, educates and supports them through awareness. I really did not think of myself as an Activist. I hate politics and somewhere my brain connected those two terms together in a negative way.  But the more I pondered the question;

Continue reading ac•tiv•ism: the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change

Reflections on the IHI Forum

This past week I had the pleasure of attending the IHI’s 25th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care- a cause for much celebration. Twenty-five years of bringing together thought leaders, providers, institutions, researchers, students AND for the last four years, patient advocates, united in the quest to improve healthcare. Continue reading Reflections on the IHI Forum

IHI National Forum in Orlando

I’d like to give a public “Thank you” to the wonderful folks at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Partnership for Patients (PfP) and the team at Weber Shandwick for the opportunity to attend the 25th Anniversary, IHI National Forum in Orlando.  It’s been a great week! Continue reading IHI National Forum in Orlando

It All Starts With YOU!

I believe that patient safety – much like charity- begins at home! That means researching your upcoming procedure, managing your chronic condition or simply eating a healthier diet. Your safety begins with YOU!

Self-efficacy is a belief in our ability to succeed in certain situations.  Your sense of self-efficacy has a major influence on how you approach life’s challenges. When confronted with a healthcare issue, do you believe that you can survive or are you convinced that you are powerless? Continue reading It All Starts With YOU!

Welcome To My World

August 15th 2013, marked the seventh year in my recovery and rehabilitation from necrotizing fasciitis, sepsis and a host of other nasty preventable hospital-acquired infections. When I look back at the health care system that harmed me, some things have changed for the better, others have not.

Every minute my mind is consumed with new ideas and creative ways to spread the message of patient safety.  My earnest prayer is that God would grant me the resources, courage and time to manifest them all into reality for the benefit of others. My dream projects vary widely, but at the heart of them all, is the message of protecting yourself and your loved ones. This blog will mainly focus on those efforts.  I hope you will check back often to see how things are progressing.  Be Blessed!