President Carter is, for the fourth year in a row, demonstrating his commitment to ZERO Preventable Deaths by offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the former President and his wife Rosalynn for a private fishing trip in Georgia.
The top 3 hospitals or hospital systems that measurably demonstrate the most lives saved through commitments to implementing Actionable Patient Safety Solutions between January 4 and August 1, 2018 will be given two spots on this exclusive trip.
The trip will take place October 19-21, 2018. To be considered, make your commitment to ZERO by August 1st, 2018. Winners will be announced in September 2018.

Competition Rules

Winners will demonstrate the most lives saved between January 4 and August 1, 2018.

To enter you must:
  • Make a new Commitment or update an existing Commitment
  • All fields on the Commitment form must be completed, and the checkbox agreeing to be included in this competition must be checked.
  • The number of “lives saved” by the Commitment must be calculated according to the following formula, or metric supplied by the Foundation:
Note: The Mortality Rate must be sourced to a peer-reviewed journal by the applicant.

Last Year’s Winners

The 3rd Annual Carter Fishing Trip took place in October 2017. For the third year in a row, President Carter demonstrated his support for the Patient Safety Movement’s goal of ZERO Preventable Deaths by offering an opportunity to join the former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter for a private fishing trip in Georgia.

This year, the Foundation was blown away by three healthcare institutions that committed to saving the greatest number of lives through commitments to implementing processes, such as Actionable Patient Safety Solutions.

Pictured (left to right): Seema Shams, Annamarie Saarinen, Michael A.E. Ramsay, Joe Kiani, John Waite, Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy Carter, Claire Manneh, Paul Jarris, Diane Nichols-Paul

The Winners

March of Dimes Foundation – 3 commitments: 7,005 projected lives saved annually

March of Dimes is the leading organization fighting for the health of every mother and baby.  Founded in 1938, March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. March of Dimes achieves these goals through medical research, education of pregnant women, community programs, government advocacy, and support of pregnant women and mothers. For 2017, the organization has pledged to save up to 7,005 lives through commitments to promote newborn screenings nation-wide, to optimize the administration of antenatal corticosteroids for impending preterm births, and to improve maternal immunization programs and rates of maternal vaccinations. For the latest resources and health information, visit their websites and

Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) – 4 commitments: 5,832 projected lives saved annually

The Hospital Quality Institute is working with the PSMF on a systemic process improvement to eliminate all preventable deaths and instituting a transparency project at the first of the year. The goal is to have the necessary protocols and guidelines in place in all California hospitals in 2018. In 2018, they project 5,963 lives saved and 19,762 harms avoided. In 2019, they project 6,251 lives saved and 20,108 harms avoided. The non-profit organization was established in 2013 to realize the statewide impact of improving patient safety and quality for all Californians, to accelerate the rate of improvement, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance. HQI represents over 400 hospitals and health systems in California. Their commitments were made to eliminate preventable harm to hospitalized patients, reduce death from sepsis, and eliminate preventable mortality and morbidity in maternity care.

Newborn Foundation – 2 commitments: 5,177 projected lives saved annually

Based in Minnesota, the Newborn Foundation is an international, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the implementation of neonatal screening to reduce infant mortality. It has successfully worked to create mandates around newborn heart screening in the U.S. using pulse oximetry technology and has launched the BORN (Birth Oximetry Routine for Newborns) initiative to bring affordable, mobile newborn screening to developing nations. The Newborn Foundation has committed to saving 5,177 lives per year in the U.S. by working to accelerate the adoption of point-of-care pulse oximetry testing for all newborns, providing technical support, educational resources and data to public health programs and hospitals; and including current large-scale pilot programs in the Philippines and China.