About Us

Our Calling: 

CareMoms is a new grassroots initiative whose vision is to Save Lives, Save Money, and Create Value in Communities.

Our Mission:
We intend to engage and develop community leaders – moms, dads, grandparents, sons, and daughters. They can bring their power of persuasion to reduce healthcare accidents that cause more than 200,000 deaths in America, and many more globally. We will rally them around their local hospitals and give them concepts, tools, and resources that will inform and empower them to partner with hospital leaders and healthcare governance boards to “chase zero” accidents and win the war on healthcare harm.

Our Challenge:
Healthcare leaders face many barriers to improve financial pressures, habit, and the belief that hospital accidents and the collateral damage they cause are the “cost of doing business.” Overuse, underuse, and misuse of healthcare innovations, is rampant. Healthcare leaders across the globe face very similar issues, yet they have been insulated from community support. It is time to penetrate that insulation with goodwill, accountability, and emphasis on three things: engagement of leaders in safety; evidence-based safe practices; and the technologies that enable leaders and practices.

Our Strategy:
We will activate highly motivated consumer networks; leverage our documentaries and ToolBox programs like Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm and Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board; and utilize the National Quality Forum Safe Practices for Better Healthcare and the World Health Organization’s Safety Solutions to reduce hospital accidents that cause death and suffering. We will use social networking and new media tools to help patients and families take responsibility for their care. We will help them energize hospital leaders to prevent accidents.We will help patients and family leaders make sure that they are well informed, understanding how to prevent health AND financial risk.We will target areas such as proper testing, medication safety, and infection awareness. This will help families ensure that the right medical records get to the right caregivers at the right time for the right decisions.

Our Team:

Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA, DHL
Director of Patient Engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Washington, DC, USA
Susan Sheridan’s family experienced two serious medical system failures.
Karen Curtiss
Founder, CampaignZERO

Lake Forest, IL, USA
Karen Curtiss is the founder of CampaignZERO and author of the hospital handbook for patients and families, Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One’s Care (www.SafeAndSoundBooks.com).
Mary E. Foley, RN, MS, PhD(c): 
Associate Director, Center for Nursing Research
and Innovation, UCSF School of Nursing
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
San Francisco, CA, USA
A registered nurse for over 35 years, Mary writes and lectures about promoting safe care for workers and patients both nationally and internationally.
Jennifer Dingman: 
Founder, Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare (PULSE), Colorado Division; TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member

Pueblo, CO, USA
Jennifer has counseled numerous patients and families on how to better communicate with providers while navigating our complex system of healthcare.
Dennis Quaid Dennis Quaid:
Actor and Patient Advocate

Hollywood, CA, USA
Dennis Quaid has become an international champion for patient safety following the near-death experience of his newborn twins, due to a preventable adverse drug event.
Charles Denham Charles R. Denham, MD:
Chairman, TMIT
Austin, TX, USA
Dr. Denham is an international leader in patient safety and high performance care solutions.
He has taught and led research in medicine, engineering, and business leadership.
Becky Martins:
Founder, Voice4Patients.com;

TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Warren, ME, USA
Becky Martins became a daughter advocating on behalf of her father because the life-saving treatments her father needed for end-stage renal disease were not available in her small community.
Patti O’Regan, ARNP, NP-C, PMHNP-BC, LMHC:
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Care and Psychiatry;

TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member
Port Richey, FL, USA
Patti O’Regan developed the first medical errors and patient safety module incorporated into an undergraduate course curriculum in the U.S.
Steve and Lorna Rel:
TMIT Patient Advocate Team; Founders, Braxton Rel Memorial Scholarship Fund
Albuquerque, NM, USA
The Rel family lost their 10-year-old son, Braxton, early in 2008. Their story is featured in the Discovery Channel documentary, Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm
Arlene Salamendra:
Former Board member and Staff Coordinator, Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR); TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member LaGrange, IL, USA
Arlene Salamendra is a former Board Member and Staff Coordinator for Families Advocating Injury Reduction (FAIR).


Julie Thao, RNC:
TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member;
Albuquerque, NM, USA
After the death of a patient in her care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison due to a medical error caused in part by fatigue and systems failures, Julie was invited to become a Patient Safety Fellow at TMIT



Dan Ford, MBA:
Vice President, Furst Group
 Member, Board of Directors, TMIT Patient Advocate Team Member, GE Healthcare Patient Safety Advisory Board
Oro Valley, AZ, USA
Dan Ford developed a deep passion
for patient safety as a result of serious
medical errors experienced
by a family member.
Ellen Canepa Brzytwa, RN, MSN, MPH:
Principal, Ellen Brzytwa and Associates
Cleveland, OH, USA
Ellen Canepa Brzytwa is the principal of Ellen Brzytwa and Associates, a healthcare consulting group, and consults on healthcare research; the design of integrated delivery systems of healthcare; institutional advancement; board governance issues; and the nursing profession.

CareMoms®, CareHero™, CareKids®, and CareUniversity™ are trademarks of HCC Corp., licensed to TMIT

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