Board of Advisors


Advisors - Clinical

PPAHS very much appreciates the assistance of our board of advisors in helping us with our three key initiatives to improve patient safety and health outcomes — alarm fatigue, blood clots, and patient monitoring. Each of these advisors is passionate about improving patient safety and is an expert in their various fields and their experience, knowledge and advice are absolutely invaluable to us as we look to continue to advance these critical patient safety initiatives:

  • Brian & Cindy Abbiehl (A Promise to Amanda Foundation)
  • Mark J. Alberts, MD, FAHA (Physician-in-Chief, the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute)
  • Lenore Alexander (Leah’s Legacy)
  • Michèle G. Curtis, MD, MPH, MML (CeeShell Consulting, editor of “Glass’ Office Gynecology”)
  • Maria Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN (Director of Policy Management and Integration for Johns Hopkins Health System)
  • Frank Federico, RPh (Patient Safety Advisory Group, The Joint Commission; Vice President/Senior Safety Expert, Institute for Healthcare Improvement)
  • Marilyn Neder Flack (formerly Senior Vice President, Patient Safety Initiatives, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Executive Director at the AAMI Foundation)
  • Gene Gantt, RRT, FAARC (Former Chair AARC Long Term Care; AARC Representative to the Respiratory Compromise Institute; President, Eventa, LLC)
  • Michael W. Jopling, MD (Anesthesiologist, Mt. Carmel Health Systems (Columbus, OH); Executive Vice President, Accel Anesthesia; Medical Director, Cardiox Corporation; Co-Founder, Medical Electronic Innovations; President, Central Ohio Anesthesia, Inc.)
  • Sandra K. Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN (Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professor for Nursing Research, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), School of Nursing, Center for Nursing Research)
  • Patricia LaChance Knode (Patient Safety Advocate)
  • Melissa Langhan, MD (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine)
  • Jenifer Lightdale, MD (Director, Patient Safety and Quality, Division of GI/Nutrition, Children’s Hospital Boston)
  • Harold Oglesby, RRT, Manager, Pulmonary Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital/Candler Health System
  • Frank Overdyk, MSEE, MD  (Executive Director for Research, North American Partners in Anesthesiology; Professor of Anesthesiology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine)
  • Laurie Paletz, BSN, PHN, RN-BC, SCRN (Stroke Program Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
  • Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, FSHEA (Vice President Emeritus, Premier Safety Institute)
  • Kenneth P. Rothfield, M.D., M.B.A., Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Saint Agnes Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  • Wendy Gross MD, MHCM (Vice Chair, Anesthesia for Interventional Medicine, Assistant Professor, President of SONORIA (Society for Non OR Intervention and Anesthesia), Division of Cardiac Anesthesia, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

Advisors - Media

  • Patricia Salber, MD, MBA (Founder/Host, The Doctor Weighs In)
  • Pamela Tarapchak (Former Editor, ADVANCE for Nurses)

We would like to thank Debbie Fox MBA, RRT-NPS (formerly Director, Respiratory Therapy, Wesley Medical Center) for serving on our advisory board. Sadly, Ms. Fox passed away at the age of 61. Her great and tireless passion for improving patient safety will be very much missed!

Titles and organizations, with whom advisors are affiliated, have been identified for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of or support by such organization to PPAHS or the viewpoints communicated by the advisor.

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  1. A multiple code blue took place on September 9, 2012. While one patient was being attended to, the other patient went UN-monitored. That patient went for longer that a patient should without oxygen. As a result, he sustained brain damage, paralysis, went into a coma and subsequently died. There is proof in his medical records, that he went for two hours UN-monitored right before his code. This was a period where early warning signs could have been caught. There is also evidence of at least eight hours of missing mount sheets, before the code. I have asked for evidence of the machines working properly, to no avail. Why didn’t they know there was a second code? Did the machines go off? Were they working properly? Could they have been muted? Was he connected properly? I need your help…

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