The Changing Culture of Healthcare; Impacting Patient Safety

Long Island stakeholders come together April 20 to talk about patient safety

For the first time on Long Island a community organization will be bringing together members of the community, leaders in healthcare, medical professionals, risk managers, malpractice insurers and personal injury attorneys in its second annual Spring Symposium to hear from David Marx, JD, an internationally-recognized safety pioneer in the practice of “Just Culture.”

David began his career as a Boeing aircraft design engineer and won the International Whittle Award for the development of a human error investigation process now used by air carriers around the world. David authored the National Institutes of Health document Patient Safety and the 'Just Culture': A Primer for Healthcare Executives.

With medical errors now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, PULSE of NY has worked to bring all stakeholders together for an open dialogue about patient safety, and to educate the public on best practices.  “If we don’t talk about it, things will never change,” explains Ilene Corina, President and founder of PULSE of NY.

Since 1996 PULSE has helped patients and families who have been harmed, and continues to develop educational programs.

Some noted sponsors of this event include Henry Schein, North Shore LIJ Health System, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Winthrop University Hospital, and Pegalis & Erickson LLC.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn, 215 Sunnyside Blvd., Plainview, NY.

Dinner, networking and interviews start at 5:00; program begins at 6:00 PM.

For more information contact Ilene Corina on 516-579-4711.

Patient Safety Expert Speaks at PULSE of NY Event

PULSE of New York held its 2nd annual patient safety symposium in Plainview on April 20 to shine a light on what patient safety expert, David Marx, referred to as "an epidemic."

440,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical error. It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. With the number of murders in 2013 estimated at 14,196, the average person is 40 times more likely to die in a hospital than to be murdered.

PULSE of New York held its 2nd annual patient safety symposium in Plainview on April 20 to shine a light on what patient safety expert, David Marx, referred to as "an epidemic."

Marx, an attorney and former aviation engineer, presented "The Changing Culture of Healthcare: Impacting Patient Safety" to a packed room of physicians, nurses and healthcare providers. Hospital staff from North Shore-LIJ, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Winthrop University-Hospital as well as South Nassau Communities Hospital were in attendance.

He spoke on the practice of "Just Culture" which involves investigating the precursors to accidents before they happen. Marx suggests the healthcare industry examine near-misses in the same way the aviation industry does. This will uncover what caused the error so it can be prevented in the future. "Everything we do in healthcare is after someone has been harmed," he said. "How do we work our way back and investigate the precursors of accidents rather than waiting for the accidents to occur?"

PULSE of NY's next patient safety program is a training session entitled, "Family Centered Patient Advocacy Training." It will take place in Levittown on May 19 and May 21 from 5:30 to 9:30. The training will prepare participants to be advocates for one person or the whole family, either privately or professionally. For more details visit or call (516) 579-4711.