An Evening Celebrating Champions of Sepsis Awareness
September 12, 2013
In case you missed it....
Our 2nd annual evening celebrating Sepsis Heroes was once again a successful event. Despite stormy weather in New York City, our guests enjoyed a lovely evening of delicious finger foods, wonderful ambience, and great company.
The evening was held at Arena NYC and our emcee was our very own Dr. Jim O'Brien, chair of the Sepsis Alliance board and our medical director.
This year we asked you for your nominations, for people or organizations that you thought should be publically recognized. While many were nominated, only a few could be chosen.
Our Sepsis Heroes for 2013 were:
Gary Black, sepsis survivor and author of “Gyroscope: A Survival of Sepsis.” Gary is one of SA’s first Faces of Sepsis. His award was supposed to be presented by fellow survivor Jennifer Ludwin, but heavy traffic due to the inclement weather prevented her from attending the event. Dr. O'Brien did the honors.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo: New York State Governor Cuomo was the first U.S. politician to directly address the issue of sepsis and the importance of sepsis awareness. Governor Cuomo was unable to attend. Hope Plavin, Director of Planning, Office of Quality and Patient Safety NYS Department of Health accepted on his behalf. The award was presented by SA board member, Ambassador Richard N. Swett, FAIA.
GE Healthcare Education Services The education arm of GE Healthcare has been in a leader in raising awareness about sepsis among healthcare professionals. The award was presented by board member and sepsis survivor, Dana Mirman, and accepted by Agnes Berzsenyi (General Manager, Dose & Education Services) and Sara McMannus (Clinical Program Manager, Dose & Education Services).
David Goldhill, author of “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It.” Goldhill's father died of sepsis from a healthcare-acquired infection. His award was presented by SA board member Art Caston.
Mark Lambert, former president of Sepsis Alliance, was the first president of Sepsis Alliance and instrumental in helping shape and guide Sepsis Alliance. SA Board President and Executive Director presented the award.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) was formed in 2002, a joint effort between the Society of Critical Care Medicine and theEuropean Society of Intensive Care Medicine. For this reason, we had representatives from France, Dr. Jean-Daniel Chiche, and the United States, Dr. Mitchell M. Levy and Dr. R. Phillip Dellinger. This award was presented by Dr. O'Brien.
We were honored that so many survivors, loved ones, professionals, sponsors, heroes, and interested people attended the event. There has been more news this year about sepsis, during Sepsis Awareness Month, than we have ever seen. Your attendance, support, and interest helped and continues to drive awareness.
Next year's event is already booked. If you've come before, please come again - if you've not been yet, you can start planning! Save the date: Thursday, September 18, 2014. We'll be celebrating more heroes and we hope to see you there.
Thank you to our sponsors
We would not have been able to honor this year's Sepsis Heroes without the generous support of our sponsors. We thank you for all that you did to help our evening be the success it was.
2013 Sepsis Heroes Sponsors