Many people know me as a patient safety advocate. I will be walking the talk in few weeks around Michigan Lake with a theme of “One Lake, One Safe Care”.
I currently work at a small community hospital in Waukegan, Illinois and I attend Northwestern University in downtown Chicago. While driving to work, the thought came to me. We all have different pocket sizes, but we all deserve safe care in healthcare. My hope from the walk is not just to raise awareness. I want a meaningful impact.
As a former caregiver for my dad who passed away from myriads of gaps of care a week before his flight for care in S. Korea, which the experience led me to be a pharmacist, and both experiences molding me to be a patient safety advocate, I feel obligated to make my voices heard. We need leaders of healthcare organizations to commit for patient safety and quality care; it is not a job of quality or patient safety department only.
This was originally planned for September 17, 2020 which I wanted to organize in Chicago area on World Patient Safety Day, 9/17. I shared this with a few members of Society for Participatory Medicine Chicago in November 2019. The plan had to change with #covid19, however. I will be walking along with other patient safety advocates from all over the country individually in May and June 2020: AZ, CO, FL, CA, and Chicago! I will be fundraising for the foundation that 100% will go to the foundation. As an ambassador for the organization, I love their mission of #plan4zero where we strive to get to zero medical harm.
Here are ways you can help:
- You can donate your steps through Charity Miles by downloading the app and logging your steps to reach our 1 billion steps goal by 9/17/20, when the foundation’s big event The March for Patient Safety in Washington DC happens. Here is the download link and select Patient Safety Movement Foundation as your charity. You can also fundraise for the foundation by asking your networks to donate per your miles. Download CharityMiles App!
- You can support me by pledging to donate per mile.
- You can make one time donation by clicking here, if you are non-Facebook user. For Facebook users, please donate here which currently no fee is charged to the foundation.
- As the map shows in the link above, I will be stopping by various healthcare facilities on my way. If you have connections with the organizations, please feel free to connect me with them as I will be glad to share their efforts in patient safety and quality care. I can also share the tools and resources from the foundation that can help in their efforts once I am connected with no cost. I will be honoring patients, caregivers, and healthcare workers (!) while I walk and if you have names and stories to share, please either message me or tag the person in replies and comments. Here are the names of the organizations I will be stopping by on my walk:
Vista Medical Center East, Kiley Developmental Center, Captain James Lovell VA Medical Center, Rosalind Franklin University, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest, Northshore University System Highland Park, Northshore University System Evanston, AMITA Health St. Francis Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Thorek Memorial Hospital, AdvocateAurora Illinois Masonic Hospital, AMITA Health St. Joseph, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Mercy Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine, and La Rabida Children’s Hospital.
As a frontline healthcare worker, my schedule is changing unexpectedly, but here is the schedule for now: 5/26, 5/28, 5/29, 5/31, & 6/3
With #covid19, when everyone’s greeting is “Stay safe” instead of “Hi” and losing jobs and struggling for survival, I know this is a difficult mission. Perhaps, however, this may be the time to think about safety from scratch when everyone cares and think about safety.