Sepsis Heroes
An Evening Celebrating Champions of Sepsis Awareness

Sepsis Heroes 2014 Success!

Sepsis Alliance hosted its 3rd annual Celebration of Sepsis Heroes on September 18, 2014. We are delighted with the evening's success, and wish to thank all Heroes, sponsors, attendees and all who supported the event. We received a record-breaking number of nominations this year from people who wanted to recognize healthcare workers, friends, family members, and facilities. This year, we honored two individuals and two organizations. 


  • Every Mother Counts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
  • Intermountain Healthcare, a healthcare system that developed a sepsis checklist for providers, which cut sepsis mortality rates.
  • Jeff and Helene Zehnder, the couple behind the creation of the Raleigh, NC, Step On Sepsis Inaugural 5K Road Race & Walk, which was held this past March. Helene is also a nurse.
  • Laura Messineo, a nurse who is a driving force for sepsis education in her health system. Aside from working to improve sepsis care, Laura has traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for better sepsis awareness.

Sepsis Heroes Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Celebration of Sepsis Heroes was Paul Levy, former President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Mass., and an advocate for patient-driven care and elimination of preventable harm.

Mr. Levy publishes the blog Not Running a Hospital, where he discusses various healthcare and medical issues. He began this blog seven years ago, when he was one of very few hospital CEOs to share thoughts publicly about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues.

Musical Guest

Special musical guest, Daniel Emmet, performed two songs for the event’s guests, including one original piece written for Sepsis Alliance.

Celebration of Sepsis Heroes Sponsors

An event like the Sepsis Heroes celebration could not be held without the generous support of our sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Johnson & Johnson Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Medical Simulation, Spike Out Sepsis, Arena NYC, Wolters Kluwer Health, bioMerieux, Cytosorbents and Presence Health. 

Couldn't attend? You can still support by donating

If you didn't attend but would like to help, you can still donate to Sepsis Alliance in honor of Sepsis Heroes. Donate now.

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