In the middle of Sepsis Awareness Month the Rory Staunton Foundation, held its Third National Forum on Monday, September 12. It was a day punctuated by standing ovations for the achievements of sepsis advocates from diverse fields and by tears as attendees listened to stories of heartbreak from parents who, a result of unconscionable ignorance, buried children who should be alive today.
As our event speakers, we were thrilled to welcome senior representative from the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fiore, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Martin Brennan (Chief of Staff, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)), Dr. Foster Gesten, Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Department of Health, Anne Goldman, from the United Federation of Teachers and Al Cardillo, Executive Vice President of the Home Care Association of New York. National Family Council members, Liz and Tony Galbo, who were recently responsible for the implementation of Gabby’s Law in Illinois, also spoke poignantly of their work and their daughter, Gabby. CMS was represented by Dr. Nilsa Gutierrez.
Our keynote speaker, Michael Dowling, President and CEO from Northwell Health, delivered a powerful and moving speech that credited the Rory Staunton Foundation with being the catalyst for the change that has occurred over the past few years on the issue of sepsis, especially in pressuring the CDC to finally take action on sepsis, a sentiment echoed by Congressman Crowley and others.
The National Family Council on Sepsis, a network of families impacted by sepsis, reiterated its call for mandatory sepsis protocols to be implemented in every state in the country, as New York and Illinois have done; we believe that every American adult and child deserves quality sepsis care, regardless of which hospital he or she walks into.
The Rory Staunton Foundation launched a new series of heartbreaking Public Service Announcements and a new tool to help advocates bring mandatory sepsis protocols to their states. We will provide the details of these important announcements shortly.
As they left the Yale Club in Manhattan, Forum attendees pledged to attack the problem of sepsis with renewed vigor, commitment and enthusiasm – a true testament to the Forum’s resounding success.