Dear Friends,

On Friday, October 26, at the New York Academy of Medicine, the Rory StauntonFoundation held its Fifth National Forum on Sepsis. This day held special significance for us as six years ago, in the very same building, we gathered to mark the passage of Rory’s Regulations, the landmark legislation that made New York State the first in the nation to adopt mandatory sepsis protocols for every hospital and saved the lives of over 5,000 New Yorkers in the first 23 months of implementation.

That day in 2012 was momentous, but October 26, 2018, was no less significant. A remarkable group of leaders from healthcare, state and federal government, academia, patient advocacy, and biotechnology gathered in Manhattan to analyze and assess the progress made over the past six years and chart our future course. Speaker after speaker spoke to our theme of “Breaking Through in the Fight Against Sepsis.”

We heard thoughtful analysis of the most recent adult and pediatric sepsis data from New York State, and we learned about the road to mandatory sepsis protocols in the state of New Jersey. Senior officials from the CDC and CMS shared their plans to expand their approach to combating sepsis and were moved and inspired by the impassioned words of members of our National Family Council on Sepsis who have suffered deeply because of sepsis.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Forum and extend our sincere appreciation all our wonderful speakers:

  • Dr. Howard Zucker, New York Health Commissioner
  • Dr. Anne Schuchat, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jean Moody-Williams, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Tim Buchman, BARDA
  • Dr. Chris Seymour, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Marcus Friedrich, New York State Department of Health
  • Cathleen Bennett, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Chris Aiello, National Family Council on Sepsis
  • Tara Cirella, National Family Council on Sepsis
  • Cheryl Douglass, National Family Council on Sepsis
  • Dr. Martin Doerfler, Northwell Health

We would also like to take this moment to acknowledge all of you, our supporters, who have supported our mission in ways big and small. We cherish your passion and enthusiasm, your empathy and determination. We are amazed by how far we’ve come over the past six years and feel ready and energized for the work ahead. We hope you’ll join us.