Patient Safety Summit – Sorrel King speaker spotlight

The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s 11th Annual Patient Safety Summit is less than a month away on August 13-14 at the Arlington Convention Center.

Opening the event on August 13 is Sorrel King, the creator of the Josie King Foundation. Sorrel’s daughter Josie tragically died in 2001 as a result of medical errors. Consumed by grief, Sorrel was determined to honor Josie’s memory and created the Foundation in her name. Today, Sorrel is a nationally known patient safety advocate with the Josie King Foundation creating such projects as care journals, disclosure programs and a patient journal app implemented by hospitals across the country.

“We are thrilled about Sorrel King’s participation this year,” said Kristin Jenkins, president of the DFWHC Foundation. “One of the most important ways to reduce accidental harm and improve patient safety is to learn from our close calls. Addressing these problems within the Patient Safety Summit not only results in safer systems, but it focuses our efforts on the need to identify future problems and solutions.”

Sorrel’s book, Josie’s Story, was published in September 2009 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc. Josie’s Story was named one of the best health books in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal and won the “First Book” award at the 2010 “Books for a Better Life” Awards. Josie’s Story is being used in medical and nursing schools around the country. Sorrel was chosen as one of “50 Women Changing the World” by Woman’s Day magazine in February 2010.

Sorrel has appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson and was featured in a Forbes magazine article titled “Fixing Hospitals in 2005.” On July 21, 2004, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) introduced the “Josie King Act” as a tribute to Ms. King’s work and Josie’s life.

The Patient Safety Summit serves as an opportunity for hospital employees to discuss past errors and to make strategic plans to keep them from happening again. More than 350 attendees are expected to participate, including healthcare employees, nurses, patient safety advocates, chief nursing officers and hospital executives.

The agenda can be found here.

You can register here.

Sponsorships can be found here.

For information, contact Patti Taylor at [email protected] or 972-719-4900.