Helen Haskell, MA

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
Mothers Against Medical Error
155 South Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Phone: 803/254-8804

Helen Haskell, MA, is president of the nonprofit patient organizations Mothers Against Medical Error and Consumers Advancing Patient Safety. Since the death by medical error of her young son Lewis in 2000, Ms. Haskell has devoted herself to health care safety and quality advocacy in a variety of fields including patient engagement, diagnostic error reduction, response to adverse events, and infection prevention, among others. She serves on boards and committees for a number of national and international organizations, including the boards of directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the International Society for Rapid Response Systems. Ms. Haskell is author and co-author of numerous articles and patient educational materials on patient safety and quality, including a recent co-edited textbook on patient narrative and interprofessional competencies. Her son's story has been featured in educational programs and videos including Transparent Health's Lewis Blackman Story, shown in hospitals and medical and nursing schools across the country. Ms. Haskell holds a bachelor's degree in classical studies from Duke University and a master's degree in anthropology from Rice University.

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