No More Stalling: Accelerating Patient Safety and Health Equity in the Wake of COVID-19

Session Description: 

Like never before in history, our country depends on the leadership and acumen of hospitals to prevent the spread of infectious disease and patient harm. Yet some policymakers are using the pandemic as an excuse to diminish focus on patient safety, rather than the very reason to accelerate progress. As a result, the problems in patient safety, already very serious, are getting worse and people are dying. The leader of the nation’s foremost patient safety watchdog organization, The Leapfrog Group, describes efforts to put patient safety, including sepsis, on the top of the national agenda where it belongs. She highlights evidence that safety and equity are inseparable. One cannot be achieved without the other. 

This session was originally presented in September 2021 as part of the 2021 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, Physicians, Emergency Responders, Pharmacists, Medical Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, Physical/ Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Students, IT Professionals, Sepsis Survivors, Advocates, and more! 

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Leah F. Binder, MA, MGA

President & CEO, The Leapfrog Group

Since 2008, Leah Binder has served as President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, an award-winning national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., representing employers and other purchasers of health care calling for improved safety and quality in health systems. She is a regular contributor to and other publications, and consistently cited among the 100 most influential people and top women in healthcare and patient safety. Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns letter grades assessing the safety of general hospitals and hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers across the country. She fostered groundbreaking innovation in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which publicly reports information on hospital quality available from no other source. Before joining Leapfrog, Leah served as the Vice President of a nationally noted rural health system in Farmington, Maine; and prior to that, as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the New York City Mayor. She started her career at the National League for Nursing. She has a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis and two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

No continuing education credits are offered for this session.

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