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Kimberly Linn McDonald Foundation rallies for patient awareness

The Kimberly Linn McDonald Foundation recently sponsored an event to raise awareness for patients, doctors, hospitals, and health care organizations. The Foundation was created to honor Kimberly Linn, a high school student who at age 15 died from medical malpractice surgical error after a relatively minor medical procedure. In addition to educating the community, the Foundation provides scholarships for students who emulate Kimberly’s standards.

This year, the Foundation is pairing with other patient awareness campaigns with the goal of protecting patients from 5 million incidents of medical harm over the next two years by enlisting 4000 U.S. hospitals in a renewed commitment to improve patient safety. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates that nearly 15 million incidents of medical harm occur in the U.S. every year, which is nearly 40,000 per day.

The Foundation stresses that there are four things that medical malpractice victims need: First, they need truth in a timely fashion. Second, they need an apology or acknowledgment that something went wrong. Third, they need an answer to what the institution is going to do to ensure that it will not happen again. Last, the victims need a support system.

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For more information regarding the Kimberly Linn McDonald Foundation, please call (970) 926-8202.