Patient safety advocate to visit WVUH Tuesday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Patient safety advocate Sorrel King, whose daughter died in 2001 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from medical errors, will visit West Virginia University Hospitals Tuesday. 

While on campus, King will share her message of patient safety at noon in the Okey Patterson Auditorium on the first floor of the Health Sciences Center.

Later in the day, King will tour WVU Children’s Hospital and other areas of the hospital. She will also sign copies of her new book, “Josie’s Story: A Mother’s Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe.” The book will soon be available at the Friends of WVUH Gift Shop and the HSC Book Store.

“We’re thrilled that Mrs. King will visit our facility and talk with our healthcare providers,” said Niti Armistead, M.D., WVUH vice president of quality and patient safety. “Her message is an important one – patient safety saves lives.”

“Many people know that cancer and heart disease are among this nation’s top killers,” Armistead said. “But they may not know that, according to federal estimates, 98,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors. Many more are harmed.”

The WVUH Center for Quality Outcomes is sponsoring the visit.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
sb/asj: 09-18-09

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