Thursday, July 23, 2009

Patient Safety Day -- July 25th

Our friend, John McCormack, passed this along...

National, World, Global Patient Safety Day

Remembering patients and families who have lost their life (or quality of life) due to medical errors -
and in tribute to those who work to improve the safety and quality of healthcare for future patients."Together, lighting the path to safe healthcare - today and everyday:
safe, high quality healthcare is neither accidental nor static."

Time: Moment of Silence at Noon and 6 p.m. your timezone
There will be a meeting in Boston in front of the statehouse this Saturday, July 25th, at 11 am for a moment of silence remembering those who have been harmed by medical error.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

rL Solutions to Sponsor 2nd Annual MITSS HOPE Award

MITSS is proud to announce that rL Solutions will sponsor its Second Annual HOPE Award. The HOPE Award was established in 2008 to recognize people -- patients, families, healthcare providers, hospitals (or teams or departments therein), academic institutions, community health centers, grass roots organizations, EAP programs, etc. -- who exemplify the mission of MITSS: Supporting Healing and Restoring Hope to patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize to continue their work.

Nominations are due by September 14, 2009, and the award will be presented at the MITSS 8th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser to be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Thursday, November 12th, 2009.

For more information about the award, or to nominate someone, visit us at; call Winnie Tobin at (617) 232-0090 or e-mail; or, mail us at MITSS, 830 Boylston Street, Suite 206, Boston, MA, 02467.

About rL Solutions:

rL Solutions provides proven risk management, patient feedback, claims and infection control software to help healthcare organizations improve patient safety and healthcare quality. rL Solutions brings together innovative technologies, stellar client service, and a broad ecosystem of partners to give its 500 clients a complete safety and quality solution. With products that are easy to use and easy to implement, rL Solutions is a world leader in the healthcare market. For more information, visit

Friday, July 17, 2009

Progress Slow in Stopping Hospital Harm

MITSS Executive Director, Linda Kenney, is featured on a Channel 5 (WCVB Boston) news story on hospital errors. Included is the compelling story of a nurse harmed at the hospital where she works.

Check out the video at --

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tune In to Rhode Island Public Radio

Rhode Island Public Radio's Megan Hall produced a wonderful piece on the emotional impact of adverse events. It highlights the work that MITSS is doing with patients and families. It also discusses plans to bring clinician support to Rhode Island hospitals. Tune-in to the link below!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Raising Joy in the Healthcare Workforce

Our Friends at IHI are producing a new free audio broadcast series. We thought an upcoming program would be of particular interest to clinicians -- Raising Joy in the Health Care Workforce is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

Join WIHI host, Madge Kaplan, and experts Joanne Watson and Katie Bell, for a lively discussion of new research findings and new strategies being deployed to build stronger connections between clinical outcomes, patient-centered care, and engaged frontline employees. Come listen, share your knowledge, and ask questions on IHI’s brand new audio “talk show” - the first of its kind devoted to capturing the best ideas for reforming the health care system through system redesign.

At MITSS, we believe that there is a direct connection between engaged, SUPPORTED staff and the quality of patient care. Check out the audiocast and let us know what you think. To register, visit

About WIHI: WIHI is a new free audio/web broadcast from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that combines the best of improvement ideas with global experts, a seasoned host, and hundreds of engaged participants. The 60-minute program is offered live every other week and by download whenever it's convenient for you to listen. Produced and hosted by Madge Kaplan, WIHI is your opportunity to meet up with colleagues who want to improve patient care and shape a true health reform agenda.
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