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Dave’s Virtual Walk Across America for Healthcare Safety
May 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am PDT
Across the United States United States
On Friday, May 22nd I began a journey ON FOOT walking 125 miles over ten days following social distancing guidelines to raise awareness about patient and caregiver safety in healthcare. Being a big baseball fan, I started my 125-mile walk at Sloan Park, the spring training home of my beloved Chicago Cubs, and walked to all nine other spring training facilities in Arizona including Chase Field the home of the AZ Diamondbacks before finishing back at Sloan Park on Sunday, June 1st. I walked in memory of patients and caregivers who have lost their lives to preventable medical harm. In walking the 125 miles I hope to: (1) raise awareness about the patient safety and caregiver safety crises, and (2) raise funds to help support the nationwide Celebrate Patient and Caregiver Safety Day on September 17th.
We are in the midst of one of the most devastating crises this country has ever faced. Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, and other care team members are true heroes doing amazing work each and every day. They are risking their lives to keep us healthy. However, as we are witnessing, they are fighting this war without the basic equipment (e.g. masks, gowns, gloves) as well as diagnostic kits needed to protect themselves as well as their patients. Much of this was preventable if we had listened to our scientists and infection prevention specialists.
My walking for healthcare safety doesn’t stop. Like Forrest Gump, I am committed to virtually walking across the US (3033 total miles) so I can continue to raise awareness about healthcare safety. Over 200,000 people die each year from preventable medical harm making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Since February 1st when I began my walks, as of June 1st I have now walked over 740 miles including the recent 128 miles over 10 days. That is the equivalent of starting in San Diego, CA, and walking to 30 miles west of El Paso, TX. Similar longer distance walks like the 125-mile walk completed in AZ will be done in Denver, Chicago, and Baltimore this coming July/August and I will continue to tie in my passion for baseball to each of those walks. We hope to generate additional media coverage so our safety mission and message will be heard by many.
My wife Cathy and I have donated $5,000 towards this mission and we hope to raise at least $250,000 to support PSMF programs and tool kits proven to save lives. We need your help!
Please support me and my 67-year-old legs by following me on Twitter and Instagram @WalkForPtSafety. Please also consider making a donation to my Virtual Walk Across the US for Patient and Caregiver Safety. The process is fast, easy, and secure. All funds go to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and will help us get to ZERO preventable deaths in Healthcare!
My walking webpage is https://donate.patientsafetymovement.org/team/285225
Please also follow me as I train and during the week of my walk. My Twitter and Instagram handles are @WalkForPtSafety.
David Mayer, MD
Chief Executive Officer
2,386 miles walked putting me 127 miles past Tallahassee, FL and only 66 miles to Atlantic Ocean with 10 days left before finishing on Wednesday 2/17.
Total time walked over last 12 months = 46,250 minutes = 770.8 Hours = 32.1 days
Total steps per Fit Bit = 5.527,991
Friday 4/16 – walking to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and will attend the ballgame there that evening.
He has walked to honor the following people:
|Dr. Alex Hsu||in honor of all the healthcare workers in AZ||MedStar Health Colleague Haslyn Hunte + and the many others across the world who have joined our growing team of walkers, runners and bikers raising awareness about the caregiver and patient safety crises|
|Dr Frank Gabrin||Sam Moorish||Ty and Carole Moss|
|J. Ronald Vermeer||Chrissy Blackburn||Valeria Smith|
|Alvin Simmons||honor and remember all those who gave their lives to defend our freedom and to also remember a similar number of patients and caregivers who lose their lives each year to preventable medical harm||Michael Lee|
|Daisy Doronila||Julie Ayer Rubenzer||Adeline Fagan|
|Anjanette Miller||ICU nurses at a hospital in El Paso TX. Most of them are now ill with C19.||Noah McGrath|
|Billy Birmingham Sr||all physician & nursing colleagues suffering from burnout||Joshua Obra|
|Brian Garrett||Ernie Quintero||Alex Smick|
|Celia Yap-Banago||Rolando Clemente||Dr Carlos Araujo-Preza|
|Maria Lopez||Dr Howard Snyder III||Sue Sheridan|
|Juan Martinez||Kimberly Hiatt||MedStar Health CEO Ken Samet, CMO Steve Evans, Georgetown Hospital President Mike Sachtleben, HHS Secretary Azar|
|Bernard Atta||Lester Sabrowsky||Chad Epps|
|Sean Boynes||David Introcaso||health care workers who have died from C19|
|Devin Francis||Elaine Shamir||Don Berwick|
|Linda Bonaventura||John Piano||Ron Cunningham|
|John Oglesbee||all healthcare workers||Martin Luther King Jr.|
|Roberta Gruber||Michael Ullem||Noah Lord|
|Jeremy Emerich||all veterans who have put their lives on the line and served our country||Diane Ford|
|Brittany Bruner-Ringo||Kevin Burke||Dan Ford|
|Celia Marcos||Lola Jayden Fitch||Lewis Blackman|
|Monica Echeverri Casarez||Alan and Cathy Fitch||Helen Haskell|
|Romeo Agtarap||Tim and Tammy Smick||Alyssa Hemmelgarn|
|Dr Steven Perez||Chris Goeschel||Carole Hemmelgarn|
|Barbara Bedonie||all those who have died from C19||Patty Skolnik|
|Luis Caldera-Nieves||Tanya Lord||Josh Nahum|
|Roy Chester Coleman||Michael Skolnik||Steve and Margo Burrows|
|Kiois Kelly||Armando, Victoria, & Esther Nahum||Yogiraj Charles Bates II|
|MedStar Health||Judie Burrows||Vonda Vaden Bates|
|Judy Wilson-Griffen||ED staff at Holy Cross Hospital in FL||Jack & Teresa Gentry|
|two nurses in Suffolk County on Long Island NY who died of C19 while caring for their community.||CEO Chuck Holland & Diahann Sinclair||Alicia Cole|
|Abby Towfigh||Pat Sheridan||Abdi Towfigh|
|Karen Coughlin||Sorrel King||Gabriella (Gabby) Galbo|
|Dr Tamika Auguste and all of our MedStar Health OBGyne physicians, nurses and staff||Michelle Ballog||Laura Batz Townsend|
|the mothers we have lost – both patients and caregivers – to preventable harm||Bob Malizzo||Jennifer Nibarger|
|the nurses who have died and the healthcare workers who have been infected by the virus||Lt. Colonel Steven Coffee||Emily Jerry|
|Med & Nursing Students who graduated early & went to COVID19 frontline w/o question||Tony and Liz Galbo||Josie King|
|all those who have lost their lives protecting our freedom and keeping us safe||Lori Lee Alioa||Bill Aydt|
|Michael Ratner||Louise Batz||Parker Stewart|
|Caregivers||Micael Baptist||Michael Seres|
|all fathers, both patients and caregivers, who had their lives shortened by preventable medical harm||Lucian Leape||Joshua Titcombe|
|Grant Lars Visscher||Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton||James Titcombe|
|Drew Hughes||John Alexander James||Glenn Saarinen|
|Jem Darling||Nile Moss||Joe Kiani|
|Rory Staunton||Chris Salazar||Cliff Hughes and Kim Oates|
|Nora Bostrom||Rory Freeman||Pat Denton|