The Patient Safety Movement Foundation names three institutions that committed in 2017 to save the most lives from preventable harm in hospitals

October 19, 2017

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announces that the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI), March of Dimes and the Newborn Foundation commitments saved the most lives this year by taking action to avoid preventable patient deaths in the PSMF’s third annual competition. The March of Dimes made commitments projected to save 7,005 lives per year total in the areas of advocacy for newborn screenings, administration of antenatal corticosteroids for impending preterm births, and maternal immunizations. The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) commitments are projected to save 5,832 lives in 2017 alone. In 2018, they project 5,963 lives saved and 19,762 harms avoided. In 2019, they project 6,251 lives saved and 20,108 harms avoided.  The commitments include implementing processes to eliminate preventable deaths from sepsis, maternal hemorrhage, maternal pre-eclampsia, respiratory monitoring and management, infections and venous thromboembolism.

The prize, as in the previous two years, is an exclusive private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of the March of Dimes, Annamarie Saarinen, Co-founder and CEO of the Newborn Foundation and Claire Manneh, MPH, Director of Programs from HQI joined President and Mrs. Carter on October 13-15, 2017.

“We love any opportunity to celebrate those committed to saving lives and focused on achieving zero preventable deaths. I congratulate Hospital Quality Institute, March of Dimes and the Newborn Foundation for being our winners for 2017. I’m excited that they were able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a personal guest of President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn,” said Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “I appreciate former President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s continued support and dedication to protect patient safety. Their participation plays an impactful role in helping us reach our goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020.”

“Rates of infant and maternal mortality are still unacceptably high in this country and the March of Dimes remains committed to our work to reverse this trend. We thank the Patient Safety Movement for this recognition and for inspiring organizations to make these important commitments,” said Dr. Jarris. “I am also personally grateful to President Carter and the First Lady for the work they are doing to shine a light on our lifesaving efforts. It was truly an honor to spend time with them.”

“It’s an honor to share our work with President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter,” said Claire Manneh. “California is leading the way for patient safety. We are excited about sharing our work through the PSMF. This new effort will help insure that the necessary patient safety protocols are in place in all of our hospitals.”

“It was an honor to be able to share the work of the Newborn Foundation with President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter first-hand,” said Annamarie Saarinen, Co-founder and CEO of the Newborn Foundation. “Our Birth Oximetry Routine for Newborn (BORN) Project is providing targeted education and implementation of low-cost, effective screening for the most common, life threatening conditions in newborns – claiming the lives of nearly 2 million babies each year.  This year alone, we’ve expanded our projects to Mongolia, Pakistan, India, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, screening more than half a million babies across 200 medical facilities.  Our hope is to take this scalable program to every corner of the globe.”

Following is a list of the winners:
March of Dimes Foundation – 3 commitments: 7,005 projected lives saved annually
March of Dimes is the leading organization fighting for the health of every mother and baby.  Founded in 1938, March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. March of Dimes achieves these goals through medical research, education of pregnant women, community programs, government advocacy, and support of pregnant women and mothers. For 2017, the organization has pledged to save up to 7,005 lives through commitments to promote newborn screenings nation-wide, to optimize the administration of antenatal corticosteroids for impending preterm births, and to improve maternal immunization programs and rates of maternal vaccinations. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites and

Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) – 4 commitments: 5,832 projected lives saved annually
The Hospital Quality Institute is working with the PSMF on a systemic process improvement to eliminate all preventable deaths and instituting a transparency project at the first of the year. The goal is to have the necessary protocols and guidelines in place in all California hospitals in 2018. In 2018, they project 5,963 lives saved and 19,762 harms avoided. In 2019, they project 6,251 lives saved and 20,108 harms avoided. The non-profit organization was established in 2013 to realize statewide impact of improving patient safety and quality for all Californians, to accelerate the rate of improvement, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance. HQI represents over 400 hospitals and health systems in California. Their commitments were made to eliminate preventable harm to hospitalized patients, reduce death from sepsis, and eliminate preventable mortality and morbidity in maternity care.

Newborn Foundation – 2 commitments: 5,177 projected lives saved annually
Based in Minnesota, the Newborn Foundation is an international, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the implementation of neonatal screening to reduce infant mortality. It has successfully worked to create mandates around newborn heart screening in the U.S. using pulse oximetry technology and has launched the BORN (Birth Oximetry Routine for Newborns) initiative to bring affordable, mobile newborn screening to developing nations. The Newborn Foundation has committed to saving 5,177 lives per year in the U.S. by working to accelerate the adoption of point-of-care pulse oximetry testing for all newborns, providing technical support, educational resources and data to public health programs and hospitals; and including current large-scale pilot programs in the Philippines and China.

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 3 million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0X2020). Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems with actionable solutions for patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit. The Summit brings together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020. Visit

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