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Lehigh to host screening of documentary on medical mistakes

To Err is Human screening and panel free to public and members of the campus community

Medical mistakes lead to as many as 440,000 preventable deaths every year, making it the #3 leading cause of death in the United States.

On October 9th, Lehigh University is hosting a screening of the film To Err is Human, an in-depth documentary about this silent epidemic and those working quietly behind the scenes to fix it. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion; the entire event will take place from 2pm-6pm in the Wood Dining Room of Iacocca Hall on the University’s Mountaintop Campus. All interested members of the Lehigh campus and extended community are invited to register to attend.

“We are excited to be working with the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare to host this event,” says Ana Alexandrescu, director of the Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) professional master’s program at Lehigh. “This film sends an important message that aligns with our mission, and the screening serves as a great way to strengthen our partnership with the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) while providing an important service to the broader Lehigh Valley community.”

According to Alexandrescu, the goal of the HSE program is twofold: to prepare graduate students in a new one-year master of engineering degree for leadership positions in healthcare and related organizations, and to bring together representatives from all sectors of the economy related to healthcare. The issues that are covered in ToErr is Human, she says, get right to the heart of HSE’s mission.

“These are issues that have the potential to touch each and every one of our lives,” she says. “So we’re inviting all members of our community to view this important film and consider its message.”

Alexandrescu expects a crowd of more than 100 people from across the campus and local community to attend the screening and panel discussion.The panel will feature experts from across the medical community, including:

  • Leah Binder, President and CEO of Leapfrog Group, one of the most respected and widely known patient safety advocacy and rating groups, featured in To Err is Human
  • Donna Sabol, Chief Quality Officer at St. Luke's University Health Network
  • Matt McCambridge, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Jennifer Chambers, Chief Medical Officer at Capital BlueCross
  • Marc Granson, Co-Founder, medical startup SurgeonCheck
  • Dr. Terry Theman, retired surgeon, alumnus of the HSE program, and adjunct Lehigh faculty member

To Err is Human is directed by Mike Eisenberg, the son of the late Dr. John Eisenberg, widely considered one of the fathers of "patient safety" and a very influential figure in the road to better, safer medical care. The movie showcases solutions that are easy to implement and would dramatically improve the quality of healthcare immediately, and focuses on the idea of a new culture of safety in medicine.

Attendance is free, but please register for the event for planning purposes.

For more information, contact the HSE program office at hse@lehigh.edu.

October 2, 2018

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