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Sepsis Heroes Gala

Sepsis Heroes Gala



Sepsis Alliance is hosting its 9th annual Sepsis Heroes Gala virtually on September 17, 2020. The annual event, timed to coincide with Sepsis Awareness Month, honors Sepsis Heroes who have made a significant contribution to sepsis awareness and education among both the general public and healthcare professionals. MCN Healthcare is proud to be a sponsor of the Sepsis Heroes Gala


This year’s Sepsis Heroes are making great strides in raising sepsis awareness and helping save lives in their communities and across the nation.  The 2020 Sepsis Heroes are:  


Emanuel Rivers, MD, MPH, Vice Chairman and Director of Research in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, published a landmark paper in 2001 that revolutionized sepsis care and has saved countless lives by suggesting that the timely identification and treatment of sepsis are critical to the survival of patients. 


Rusty Wagstaff, a grandfather in North Carolina, lost both his legs below the knee and his right arm to sepsis in 2013. Determined to raise sepsis awareness, he is a leading advocate, participating in sepsis awareness events and sharing his sepsis story widely through local and national press. 


Kathy Madlem, BSN, RN, the Sepsis Quality Improvement Coordinator at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA, led her hospital to a 50% drop in their sepsis mortality rate over 5 years by engaging in sepsis education opportunities and spearheading the development of the sepsis improvement program. She also organizes an annual sepsis conference in San Jose. 


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a safety-net hospital in South Los Angeles, CA, reduced sepsis mortality in their facility by establishing a multidisciplinary team to develop and institute a sepsis protocol that delivers timely evidence-based care to patients. 


Ohio Hospital Association, which represents health systems and hospitals throughout Ohio, is taking the lead in reducing sepsis mortality in the state by raising sepsis awareness, providing sepsis education, and improving sepsis management. 


Sepsis Heroes is Sepsis Alliance’s annual fundraising gala. The funds raised through this event are critical in helping to push forward their mission, to save lives and reduce suffering by improving sepsis awareness and care. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the work of Sepsis Alliance in educating the public and health care providers about sepsis. You can make a gift by clicking “register ” or “donate now” 



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