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|Linda K. Kenney|
Linda K. Kenney, Executive Director and President of MITSS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, Inc.), founded the organization in 2002 as the result of a personal experience with a near fatal medical event, when she identified the need for support services in cases of adverse events and outlined an agenda for change. Since that time, she has been at the forefront of the patient safety movement, inspiring organizations to tackle the challenges that impair effective disclosure, apology, and support programs for patients, families, and staff. She speaks regularly at health care conferences and forums, provides in-depth consultations to hospitals and other organizations, and her expertise has been sought on numerous patient safety projects throughout the country and around the globe.
In 2006, Linda was the first consumer graduate of the prestigious HRET/AHA Patient Leadership Fellowship. That same year, she was the recipient of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s esteemed Socius Award, an annual award given in recognition of effective partnering in pursuit of patient safety. She has authored and contributed to a number of publications on topics including the emotional impact of adverse events on patients, families, and clinicians. Linda currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors and the NPSF Board of Advisors, as well as on the Global Patient Family Advisory Committee for The Beryl Institute.