An incredibly touching Interview with someone who must be a beautiful Angel
Becky Martins is a Certified Master Gardener who resides in midcoast, Maine. In 2007, she and her family began building a living memorial garden in memoriam of patients who have died from medical mistakes, and in recognition of patients who have been injured and live with the lingering emotional and physical effects of healthcare harm.
The Garden is designed with four Sections of Flowers for:
Elders (parents, grandparents, aunts,uncles)
Friends & Siblings
Flowers are planted alongside the walking trail that leads to the garden in recognition of the contributions of individuals and organizations that are championing and advancing patient safety.
Flowers are added to the Medicine Wheel Garden annually on Patient Safety Day, July 25th.
Michelle Monserratt-Ramos – Fiance of former Los Angeles politician Lloyd Monserratt and California Patient Safety Advocate. Michelle discusses Docs on Probation, medical board issues, patient safety, How to Research your Doctor and why you should. All too often state medical licensing boards seem to be more interested in protecting physicians’ livelihood than protecting the public from misbehaving or incompetent physicians. And when they do act against a physician, the physician’s patients are not likely to be informed unless the physician has to close his practice. This is unacceptable. With this type of behavior there is little wonder that medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death.
PULSE was created as a support group for victims of medical error. After her mother’s death, Jennifer learned how difficult it was to find a place to discuss her frustrations with the system and to feel comfortable doing so.
Jennifer Dingman is the founder of PULSE (Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Health care), which is a patient rights organization, was a member of the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition, and has served on the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient and Family Advisory Council, and other patient safety organizations and groups. Jennifer founded PULSE in 1996 after losing her mother to a series of medical errors.
PULSE was created as a support group for victims of medical error. After her mother’s death, Jennifer learned how difficult it was to find a place to discuss her frustrations with the system and to feel comfortable doing so. She and several other family members of deceased victims of medical errors held the first PULSE support meeting in February 1996. PULSE also provides educational material for consumers. One of the major goals of PULSE is to teach consumers how to avoid medical errors and how to partner with their providers. Jennifer strongly believes in the philosophy of patient engagement and education. Engagement of the consumer is the best and most effective way to achieve better quality in any industry. Engagement promotes partnerships that will actually put the consumer and provider on equal ground. PULSE has, since 1996, grown into a large national network with chapters in many states.