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Noted Patient Advocate Joins National Patient Safety Foundation Think Tank

BOSTON, Sept. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute has announced the appointment of Sue Sheridan, MBA, MIM, DHL, as a member, effective September 1.



Ms. Sheridan, director of patient engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), is widely known in the patient safety field as an advocate and a leading voice for patient engagement in health care. In her current role, she is involved in the development and implementation of tools, programs, and processes to encourage meaningful engagement of patients and other stakeholders in all of PCORI's activities, including the research that it funds.

Driven by her family's experiences, Ms. Sheridan has contributed to raising awareness of medical errors and patient safety at the national and international level. She cofounded and is past president of Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus, a condition in which jaundice leads to brain damage. She is also a co-founder of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing partnerships between consumers, health professionals, and the broader health care system, and she has worked with the World Health Organization.

"I am honored to join the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute," said Ms. Sheridan. "The inclusion of the patient perspective in the LLI demonstrates their commitment to the value of partnerships with patients and the patient community to help create a safer, more compassionate, and just health care system."

Composed of thought leaders with a common commitment to advancing patient safety, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute functions as a think tank to provide vision and context for health care safety efforts. Its work focuses on identifying and framing vital transforming concepts that require system-level attention and action. Ms. Sheridan's experience as a patient and family advocate adds an important perspective to a group with broad expertise in the patient safety field.

"Sue Sheridan has made incredible contributions to the patient safety field," said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and chief executive officer, NPSF, and president of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. "I know I speak for all of the Institute members in saying how pleased we are to have her join us and share her experience and insight."

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute has produced a number of reports and papers on topics such as medical education reform; consumer engagement in health care; transparency; care integration; and restoring joy and meaning in work and addressing workforce safety. On September 15, the Institute hosts the 9th Annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner, with an agenda focused on the drive to create safety cultures in health care. For details about the program and speakers, visit the website.

The Institute's publications are all available online at www.npsf.org/lli

About the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members are national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care. For more information, or to find out how you can support the Institute's work, visit www.npsf.org/lli.

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CONTACT: Patricia McTiernan pmctiernan@npsf.org 617-391-9922

Source:The National Patient Safety Foundation