Sunday, April 8, 2007

Free Scholarships Because they Survived the Healthcare System

An April 6, 2007 a Long Island Newsday article was written about the sextuplets born in Stony Brook University Hospital ten years ago. Thankfully, these six children are perfectly healthy and living normal lives. Stony Brook Hospital has offered them full college scholarships. What a heart warming story!

What happens at Stony Brook Hospital when medical errors or adverse events occur? Does Stony Brook Hospital tell patients and families what went wrong and why? Does it offer an apology, or even scholarships to families for their children when there is irreparable harm, or even death, from medical errors? Or is there a wall of silence and the doors are slammed shut?

The good news is that some hospitals around the country are beginning to do the right thing when patients are harmed. Will Stony Brook Hospital do the same?

The people who work at Stony Brook Hospital help many people return home healthy and able to live a long and happy life. But things don't always go so well, and people on Long Island are suffering today because of those mistakes and are still looking for answers.
What do you think Stony Brook Hospital should do when people are harmed by medical errors? PULSE is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to making health care better and safer for all of us on Long Island. I want to hear from you.

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