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Preventing Medical Harm: Alyssa's Story


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Hero – a remarkably brave person; somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character especially under difficult circumstances; somebody admired.

Carole Hemmelgarn is a hero.

In the video that follows, Carole poignantly shares her daughter Alyssa's story, and why their family's loss has been the driving force behind the change Carole is fighting for: the delivery of safer care for all patients and families. Every person lost to preventable medical harm is a tremendous loss. Carole and other courageous heroes like her, including Patty and David Skolnik, Helen Haskell, Victoria and Armando Nahum, and Sorrel King, give their time, their hearts and their stories so we never forget that these unfortunate events are not just statistics.

They are my heroes.

This post originally appeared on the Educate the Young blog on March 3, 2014.

More Blog Posts by David Mayer

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David Mayer, MD, is vice president of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health, overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency for MedStar and each of its entities. Dr. Mayer also designs and directs systemwide activity for patient safety and risk reduction programs. Previously, he held numerous roles at the University of Illinois Medical Center including co-executive director of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence (full bio here). You can find more of his writings on the Educate the Young blog.

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