Sorrel King Recognized at MedStar Health HeRO Luncheon

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 1.40.30 PMFor the third year in a row, MedStar Health celebrated its “HeROs” at a red carpet “Academy Awards” like luncheon in honor of healthcare professionals who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2015 to ensure patients stayed safe while under our care. The HeRO program is part of our continued high reliability journey to create a culture where every associate feels safe speaking up when they see something in the care environment that might contribute to patient harm. Our weekly Good Catch Monday stories and our monthly Good Catch surprise celebrations across our health system have now become embedded within our culture.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 1.38.52 PMSorrel King, who has served on MedStar’s Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality & Safety since the Council was launched in November of 2012, has participated in our Annual Good Catch Luncheon the past two years, where she presents the Josie King Foundation’s Josie King HeRO Award to one of our MedStar caregivers. This year, our HeRO’s luncheon fell on an anniversary no parent should have to recognize—fifteen years to the date since Sorrel’s daughter Josie died due to preventable medical harm. Sorrel acknowledged the date during her remarks and said she could think of no other place she would rather be than celebrating our MedStar HeROs and the work they are doing to ensure no family experiences a similar loss.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 1.39.31 PMPatients and family members like Sorrel have always been my greatest mentors and personal heroes. The work they do to prevent harm after a loss of that magnitude never ceases to inspire and amaze me…something I am not sure I could do faced with similar personal tragedy. This year, in honor of Sorrel and all she does every day to make care safer, MedStar Health created a new Community HeRO Award. I had the honor of presenting this award to Sorrel…the very first of its kind. The words thank you will never express the depth of gratitude we have for Sorrel and so many other patient and family advocates who volunteer their time and work alongside healthcare professionals to help make care safer for everyone.

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One Comment on “Sorrel King Recognized at MedStar Health HeRO Luncheon”

  1. Michelle says:

    Hey I’m Michelle someone told me about this story. Sorry for your lost , I have a problem my daugther was diagnosed with cancer that cause a big piece of bone to be cut out her leg. An found out a year later that she never had cancer at all. An the hospital I had to take her to said they was treating the wrong cancer. But to let you know that she still never had cancer at all. So all these people is playing with her life what do I do when I have a lawyer an his not fighting for us he’s going against us.


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