Karen Curtiss Founder of CampaignZero
My dad, Bill, received the rare gift of a new lung to cure a rare disease — but he never left the hospital. For seven long months, Dad battled back from a cascade of common and preventable cracks in hospital care called “Never Events.” His fate was sealed when he took a fall, which led to pneumonia, a blood clot, two rounds each of C. diff and MRSA, suffering a stage 4 bed sore all the while.
We learned the hard way that nothing in life prepares us to navigate hospital care
for the people we love. My father paid the ultimate price. Dad died on September 23rd. He was one of a thousand deaths that day — and every day — that could have been prevented.
I founded CampaignZERO. to help other families know how to partner with their loved ones’ nurses and doctors. Together, we can provide the safety net every patient needs and deserves. Our simple checklists, vetted by medical experts, quickly list what to watch for, what to do and when to speak up to help prevent the most common hospital hazards. It’s mission critical that we are all prepared to help safeguard our loved ones’ care at hospital bedside — when they need us most.
In 2011 Robert launched the only printed magazine covering social media, The Social Media Monthly. In January 2014, he launched his second print title, The Startup Monthly. In May 2016, he launched VRVoice.co, a content vertical on all things virtual reality. In addition to his publishing endeavors, Robert continues to provide IT strategic planning consulting services to both the private sector and non-profit communities.
Minda talks with Marc Angelucci, Vice President of The National Coalition For Men
NCFM formed in 1977 to address men’s issues. Since that time, a men’s rights movement has been steadily growing globally to address men’s rights that have been seriously neglected in laws and public policies worldwide. Men have been systematically discriminated against in parenting rights, child custody, criminal entencing, military conscription, education, domestic and sexual violence laws that neglect male victims and support false accusations, reproductive rights, genital integrity laws.
NCFM is the oldest men’s group committed to ending sex discrimination. Throughout our history we have advanced step by step, across three nations, toward our goal of resolving issues which are barriers to progress and freedom.
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation convened the first annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in 2013. The Summit brought together the world’s leading clinicians, hospital CEOs, patient advocates and government leaders to identify primary patient safety challenges and provide tested solutions called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS). Hospital attendees made formal commitments to implement processes to reduce preventable deaths in their hospitals, and healthcare technology companies signed the Open Data Pledge to share data for the sake of patient safety.
In January 2019, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation held its 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit and announced over 90,146 lives saved because of commitments made by over 4,710 partnered hospitals across 50 countries. This announcement showcased how far we’ve come, and how much further we must go to reach ZERO preventable deaths.
Mary Seau Founder & CEO of Mary CTE Foundation
I started this foundation in memory of my brother Junior Seau. It is my wish to inform and to educate the community regarding CTE. I have partnered with Boston University’s Dr. Ann McKee in the Early CTE Research Program. Our vision is to help provide an understanding on how CTE can impair and destroy.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation is dedicated to advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. concussion foundation.org
Abilities Expo is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. It's about introducing opportunities that can enrich your life. www.abilities.com
Elliott McKenzie is a U.S. Marine Corps Iraq War veteran turned R&B singer/songwriter. When he came home from Iraq, Elliott experienced severe PTSD, depression, and anxiety. So much so that he ended up homeless. After years of treatment, Elliott started using his abilities in music as a form of therapy for his issues and is now a successful recording artist and college graduate. His debut single entitled “Gunshots” is a powerful anthem about being a combat veteran with PTSD. His latest single called “Fight Back” is another inspiring song about fighting back against mental illness. His music has influenced and inspired people all across the world. Elliott’s debut album “Therapy Session” is set to release this year. To learn more about Elliott and support his music please visit www.elliottmckenzie.com
Suzanne Gordon is an American journalist and author who writes about healthcare delivery and health care systems and patient safety and nursing. ... She is author, co-author or editor of 18 books. She is currently working on a book about the
Bob Vincent is President of Reel Heroes Media in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the Communications Director for the Airpower Foundation. Bob founded the company in 2008 with a revolutionary online marketing product called VideoPilot360. Bob’s talents are rooted in his unique ability to create valuable relationships and produce high-quality productions. That skill has made him a trusted resource by some of the largest brands and entertainers across the United States, including Rascal Flatts, Gary Sinise, Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Chef Robert Irvine, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Terry Fator, with accolades from corporate giants like Disney, American Airlines, DEKA Research & Development Corporation, MGM Resorts International, and Sears.
His compelling and sensitive video productions for the Airpower Foundation, Sky Ball, American Airlines Veterans Initiatives, Snowball Express, The American Fallen Soldiers Project, The Gary Sinise Foundation, and many other organizations, have earned him praise from military family members who benefit from those philanthropies. His videos are credited for helping motivate patriotic Americans to donate millions of dollars in donations to those organizations and inspiring others to volunteer their time to help. One particular video produced by Bob was recently responsible for assisting the Independence Corps Foundation, along with inventor, and DEKA Corp. CEO, Dean Kamen, to resume production of the iBOT mobility device, making the next generation of this amazing technology available to those who need it most. Bob and his company were also proudly featured in U.S. Veterans magazine.
Ritter Pharmaceuticals, develops novel therapeutic products that modulate the human gut microbiome to treat gastrointestinal diseases. We are advancing human gut health research by exploring the metabolic capacity of the gut microbiota and translating the functionality of prebiotic-based therapeutics into applications intended to have a meaningful impact on a patient’s health. Our first novel microbiome modulator, RP-G28, is currently under development for the treatment of lactose intolerance. RP-G28 is designed to stimulate the growth of lactose-metabolizing bacteria in the colon, thereby effectively adapting the gut microbiome to assist in digesting the lactose that reaches the large intestine. RP-G28 has the potential to become the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the treatment of lactose intolerance.