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Renowned Patient Safety Advocate Sorrel King Announced as General Session Speaker for the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement
July 31, 2014—Patient safety advocate Sorrel King will present “Josie’s Story: Family-Centered Approaches to Patient Safety” during the general session on Saturday, December 6 at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL.

King will share the story of her daughter Josie, the medical errors that led to her death, the family's struggles to deal with their grief, her foray into the health care industry as a patient safety advocate, and the safety improvements that have come about in Josie's memory through the work of the Josie King Foundation.

Attendees at the Conference on Practice Improvement will be inspired by King to “assess their practice sites for opportunities to improve the safety of the care… provided to patients,” said STFM member Melly Goodell, MD, who recommended King to the STFM Program Committee.

After first hearing King’s personal patient safety story and her subsequent journey into becoming a national patient safety advocate, Dr Goodell immediately became more focused on patient safety. “Her presentation helped our team stop reacting to safety issues in an isolated way after they occurred and instead take a comprehensive and proactive approach to safety,“ said Goodell.

King has traveled the country visiting health care organizations, medical schools, and nursing schools. Her story of turning a tragedy into something good has inspired health care audiences to make changes not only in the work that they do but also in how they choose to lead their lives.

“I am not a doctor or a nurse and I knew absolutely nothing about the health care industry,” explains King about her decision to start the Josie King Foundation. “All I knew was that Josie died from medical errors. A breakdown in the system. Poor communication. And I was determined one way or another to prevent that from ever happening to anyone else.”

King will be available following the general session for a book signing and to meet with attendees. King’s memoir, “Josie’s Story,” will be for sale at the signing.

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