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This website has been designed to support a grassroots effort to engage our community CFOs – Chief Family Officers who can rally and support their local hospitals to win the war on healthcare harm and prevent healthcare accidents.

More than 70% of healthcare decisions are made by women in our communities. One in four Americans is a caregiver of someone else and 80% of the caregivers are women. Mothers and Grandmothers play a vital role to ensure family safety.

As a smaller community force, there are many Dads who we call CareDads. They are also taking the lead for their family's health and wellbeing. We will serve them through our programs as well.

Our calling is to serve families by saving lives, saving money, and creating value in our communities at this critical time in history. We KNOW we can help equip this major force for good…our CFOs and CareMoms.

In the words of Sue Sheridan, "We need to celebrate and acknowledge the power and profound commitment of Moms because I have witnessed it and lived it. I am proud to be a 'care momma.' And although we are fierce, courageous, and unstoppable, we are also graceful, poised, wise, and savvy. Watch out!"

Dennis Quaid Dennis Quaid:
Actor and Patient Advocate
Hollywood, CA, USA

Dennis Quaid has become an international champion for patient safety following the near-death experience of his newborn twins, due to a preventable adverse drug event.

Charles R. Denham, MD:
Chairman, TMIT
Austin, TX, USA

Dr. Denham is an international leader in patient safety and high performance care solutions. He has taught and led research in medicine, engineering, and business leadership.

Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA:
Co-Founder and President, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, Chicago, IL, USA;
Lead, Consumer Action, World Alliance for Patient Safety, World Health Organization, Washington, DC, USA

Susan Sheridan's family experienced two serious medical system failures.

Dan Ford, MBA:
Vice President, Furst Group
Member, Board of Directors, ISMP
CAPS member
WHO/PAHO champion
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Member, GE Healthcare Patient Safety Advisory Board
Oro Valley, AZ, USA

Dan Ford developed a deep passion for patient safety as a result of serious medical errors experienced by a family member.

Mary E. Foley, RN, MS, PhD(c):
Associate Director, Center for Nursing Research and Innovation, University of CA San Francisco School of Nursing;
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
San Francisco, CA, USA

Mary Foley is Associate Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Nursing Innovation at the University of California.

Jennifer Dingman:
Founder, Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare (PULSE), Colorado Division;
Co-founder, PULSE American Division;
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Pueblo, CO, USA

Jennifer Dingman founded Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare (PULSE), Colorado Division, and she co-founded the American Division . . .

Becky Martins:
Founder, Voice4Patients.com;
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Warren, ME, USA

Becky Martins found that the life-saving treatments her father needed for end-stage renal disease were not available in her small community, so she became a daughter advocating on behalf of her father – out of necessity.

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Care and Psychiatry;
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Port Richey, FL, USA

Patti O'Regan is a Nurse Practitioner who developed the first medical errors and patient safety module incorporated into an undergraduate course curriculum in the U.S.

Steve and Lorna Rel:
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Members;
Co-founders, Braxton Memorial Hockey Scholarship Fund
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Steve and Lorna Rel lost their 10-year-old son, Braxton, early in 2008. Their story will be featured in a soon-to-be released Discovery Channel patient safety documentary.

Arlene Salamendra:
Former Board member and Staff Coordinator, Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR);
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
LaGrange, IL, USA

Arlene Salamendra is a former Board Member and Staff Coordinator for Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR).

Julie Thao, RNC:
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member;
Albuquerque, NM, USA

After the death of a patient in her care at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison due to a medical error caused in part by fatigue and systems failures, Julie was invited to become a Patient Safety Fellow at TMIT

Karen Curtiss
Founder, CampaignZERO
Lake Forest, IL, USA

Karen Curtiss is the founder of CampaignZERO – Families for Patient Safety (www.CampaignZERO.org) and author of the hospital handbook for patients and families, Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One's Care (www.SafeAndSoundBooks.com).

Ellen Canepa Brzytwa, RN, MSN, MPH:
Principal, Ellen Brzytwa and Associates
Cleveland, OH, USA

Ellen Canepa Brzytwa is the principal of Ellen Brzytwa and Associates, a healthcare consulting group, and consults on healthcare research; the design of integrated delivery systems of healthcare; institutional advancement; board governance issues; and the nursing profession.


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