2017 Keynote Speaker


Patty Skolnik, Founder & President/CEO, Citizens for Patient Safety


Can a Conversation Change an Outcome... Can a Conversation Save a Life?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The transition to person-centered care and service, undeniably overdue, starts with a conversation, a fundamentally new conversation moving from paternalistic to participatory care. The courage of Patty in telling her son's story compels others into action. It challenged this mom to spearhead legislation in Colorado and help others nationally to do the same.


Patty demonstrates to the audience how open, honest conversations about the risks, benefits and alternatives to a procedure can indeed change an outcome or save a life. Also she shares, poignantly, how moving Informed Consent as an event to Shared Decision-Making as a process can improve outcomes and reduce liability.


By listening to this powerful presentation the audiences will understand the link between patient safety and a thoughtful conversation that places the patient at the center of care as well as cause the audience to examine how consumer-driven conversations can make a difference in the wider regulatory world.


About Patty

Patty Skolnik lost her only son, Michael, to poor communication and medical error. Taught by harrowing real-life experience, Patty has become a patient safety expert and an advocate for shared decision-making, informed consent and improving patient/provider relationships in healthcare. She founded Citizens for Patient Safety to reduce medical harm and promote engagement. Patty travels worldwide to educate consumers, train medical professionals, and advise lawmakers about fostering relationship, systems and environments based on shared decision-making and transparency.


Named one of CNN's "Intriguing People," Patty was also invited to the White House to discuss healthcare. She is the proud recipient of the National MITSS HOPE Award, the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition Patient Safety Leadership Award, the Transparent Health Leadership Award and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Consumer Protection Award in honor of her son. She is featured in the book "Take Back Your Government" by Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll. Patty is no stranger to the media - appearances include The Today Show, The Doctors, and local and national news channels.

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