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ZERO Preventable Deaths by 2020

The Patient Safety Movement is connecting People, Ideas and Technology to confront the large scale problem of over 200,000 preventable patient deaths in US hospitals each year by providing actionable ideas and innovations that can transform the process of care, dramatically improve patient safety and help eliminate patient preventable deaths. We are doing this one solution, one commitment, one hospital, one act of kindness and love, and one patient at a time. The movement is breaking down silos between hospitals, medical technology companies, patient advocates, patients, the government and all the stakeholders affected in healthcare—all of us. Together we are pushing toward ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

2015 Summit Challenges

The 2015 Summit will convene leaders from the provider, patient, medical technology, employer, and public policy communities to develop actionable solutions to address patient safety challenges now. This years summit will feature Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) commitments to address two new challenges chosen by the participants at the 2014 Midyear Planning Meeting:

  • Early Detection of Sepsis
  • Optimal Resuscitation
  • Provider and Patient Assertiveness

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2015 Keynote Speaker

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President Bill Clinton

Founder of the Clinton
Foundation and 42 nd President
of the United States

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Vice President Joe Biden 

47th Vice President of the United States



Featured Speakers


Joe Kiani

Founder, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Chairman & CEO of Masimo

Michael Bell

Dr. Michael Bell, MD

Deputy Director of the Division of
Healthcare Quality, CDC

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Jim Bialick

President, Patient Safety Movement


Dr. Erin DuPree, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Vice
President, Joint Commission Center
for Transforming Healthcare

Amy Klobucher-1

Amy Klobuchar 

United States Senator for Minnesota

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Erik Paulsen

United States House of Representatives
for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional

Dana Rohrabacher_2015 Summit

Dana Rohrabacher

United States House of Representatives for California’s 48th Congressional District

Ronni Solomon

Ronni Solomon, Esq

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, ECRI

Learning from the Ebola Crisis to Improve Patient and Provider Safety

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Dr. Richard Carmona, MD,

17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006) Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

Marleece Barber

Dr. Marleece Barber,

Chief Medical Officer, Lockheed Martin

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Dr. Shruti Gohil, MD, MPH

Associate Medical Director
Epidemiology & Infection
Prevention, UC Irvine

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Dr. Majid Sadigh, MD

Director Global Health Program,
WCHN Global Health

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Arun Patel 

Director, Quality, Patient Safety, & Risk Management Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Who Pays for Medical Errors?

Joel White


Joel White

Founder & President,
Horizon Government Affairs

Marleece Barber

Dr. Marleece Barber,

Chief Medical Officer, Lockheed Martin


Dr. Graham Billingham, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Chief Medical Officer, MedPro, Berkshire Hathaway

Leah Binder

Leah Binder

President & CEO, Leapfrog Group

Michael Millenson

Michael Millenson

President, Health Quality Advisors

Driving Transparency and Change through the Media

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Jim Messina

Messina Group

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Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD,


Kristine Crane_2015 Summit

Kristine Crane

US News

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Lindsey Dunn

American Hospital Association


Merrill Goozner

Modern Healthcare

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Diane Perez, MD


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Avik Roy


Sepsis: the Leading Cause of Death in US Hospitals

Anna Noonan


Anna Noonan

Vice President Quality & Operational
Effectiveness,James M. Jeffords Institute for
Quality, part of the University of Vermont Health

Christopher Fee

Dr. Chris Fee, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical
Emergency Medicine, UCSF

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Dr. Julia Hallisy, DDS

Founder, Empowered Patient Coalition

Kayla Renals

Kayla Renals

Partnership for Patients

Hildegard Schell-Chape

Hildy Schell-Chaple, RN, PhD(c), CCRN, CCNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, UCSF

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Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist, Tri-City Medical Center

Patient Safety Movements Abroad



Annamarie Saarinen

Executive Director, Newborn Foundation

Mark Arnoldy

Mark Arnoldy

CEO,  Possible Health

Mellin Olsen

Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen,

Secretary, European Society of Anaesthesiology

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Dr. Majid Sadigh, MD

Director Global Health Program,
WCHN Global Health

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Prof. Hugo Van Aken, MD, PhD, FRCA, FANZCA

Founding Chairman, European Patient
Safety Foundation

Provider & Patient Assertiveness: Making A Commitment to Speak Up



Joe Kiani

Founder, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Chairman & CEO of Masimo

Cindy Cassity

Dr. Cindy Cassity, RN, BSN

Patient Safety Manager, Baylor

Karen Curtiss_2015 Summit

Karen Curtiss

President, PartnerHealth & Founder, CampaignZERO

David Mayer_2015 Summit

Dr. David Mayer, MD

Vice president, Quality and Safety, MedStar

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Dr. Nancy Myers, PhD

Vice President, Population Health
Strategy of NewHealth Collaborative,
Summa Healthcare

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Dr. Shannon Phillips, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Quality and Patient Safety Officer,
Quality and Patient Safety Institute,
Cleveland Clinic

Optimal Resuscitation

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Dr. Daniel Davis

Founder/Director of the UCSD Center for Resuscitation Science, UCSD

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Dr. James Cappon, MD

Chief Quality Officer, Children’s Hospital
of Orange County

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Dr. Jeff Hersh, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare

Marisa Mason_2015 Summit

Dr. Marisa Mason, PhD

Chief Executive, NCEPOD

Edward Salazar

Ed Salazar, RRT, RPSGT, CPFT

Patient Advocate

Caroline Stade

Caroline Stade, RN, MBA

Chief Nurse Officer, UKBB

Patient Safety Movement Continues Its March Toward Eliminating Preventable Patient Deaths

January 24, 2015

 ‘One Plus 6,213’ Lives Saved Announced at the first day of the 3rd Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit Irvine, Calif. – January 24, 2015 – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced at the 3rd annual Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit that more than 500 hospitals, medical technology companies and others who have made commitments to eliminate preventable patient deaths have saved more than 6,200 lives since the inaugural Summit in 2013. “More than ever, we are committed to defeating the tyranny of apathy that has led to more than 200,000 patients dying of preventable deaths in our ... Read More »

Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Keynote Remarks on Closing Day of Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit

January 16, 2015

Irvine, Calif. – January 16, 2015 – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address on the second and final day of the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, to be held Jan. 23-24, at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, Calif. “We are honored to have Vice President Biden at this year’s Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit,” said Patient Safety Movement founder Joe Kiani. “His leadership in helping improve access to healthcare aligns with our mission to improve patient safety for all Americans.” Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the ... Read More »

Patient Safety Movement Foundation Applauds U.S. Senator Harkin, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, and Senator Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, for Making Patient Safety a National Priority

December 10, 2014

Senators Request that GAO Identify Best Practices to Reduce Preventable Patient Deaths Irvine, Calif. – December 10, 2014 – The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is applauding U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identify successful practices that health systems have implemented to reduce preventable patient deaths, so those practices can be instituted across the nation. The letter follows up on last year’s testimony Patient Safety Movement Foundation founder Joe Kiani delivered before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, which Harkin chairs, and laid out five steps to help ... Read More »

When Enough is Enough

December 4, 2013

The number of people who die from a preventable patient death is equal to a jumbo jet crashing every day of the year with no survivors. Statistics sound so scientific, but there is a story behind each life lost. There is a parent who will never see their child again. A child who never had a chance to know their mom or dad. A spouse who doesn't know how they will go on without the love of their life. I'm not sure how or if the family of those lost can ever make peace with the fact that the death of their loved one was preventable. Read More »

The Tragic Death of Lynne Spalding

November 15, 2013

As if the family and friends of Lynne Spalding had not suffered enough heartbreak. First they were confronted with news in early October that Ms. Spalding was found dead in a stairwell of a well-known San Francisco hospital, 2 weeks after she went missing from her room. Then came a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, which said a hospital worker had seen and stepped over a body in the same stairwell location the week before Ms. Spalding’s corpse was found. More than 200,000 patients die preventable deaths in U.S. hospitals every year. Read More »

A Bigger Dream

November 12, 2013

A common thread that bonds many of us is the need to make a difference in the world. We want to leave the planet a little better than we found it. The challenge to some is to find that calling. I guess you could say that I was fortunate to find my calling earlier rather than later. I have to say that it was a much bigger dream than anything I could have come up with on my own. My mother was a dedicated nurse and she instilled in me at a very young age the importance of patient safety. Read More »