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Ilene Corina
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Ilene Corina is the president and founder of PULSE of New York, a grassroots patient safety advocacy group formed in 1997. She runs support groups and workshops for survivors of medical injuries and community members and develops patient safety programs for medical professionals and consumers of health care. Ms. Corina was selected as one of Modern Healthcare‘s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in both 2009 and 2010. She is a graduate of the American Hospital Association/National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Leadership Training where she developed Long Island’s first Patient Safety Advisory Council.

A board member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Ms. Corina cochaired the foundation’s Patient and Family Advisory Council from 2002 to 2006.  In 2002, she spearheaded the first Patient Safety Awareness Week to shed light on the importance of partnerships between patients and health care professionals to reduce medical errors. She remains on the NPSF Board of Advisors. She is also a board member of The Joint Commission and has served on the commission’s Health Literacy Public Policy Roundtable, the Accreditation Committee, and the Future Value of Accreditation Work Group.

Ms. Corina speaks regularly at medical conferences, hospitals, and health care organizations throughout the country. She discusses the patient’s role in patient safety and changing culture to form partnerships to improve outcomes. She also helps health care professionals work with patients and their families after a medical injury or death has occurred and has developed curriculum on disclosure of medical errors which has been used at medical conferences and in resident training.

She has been honored by Long Island’s Channel 12 News and was named Long Island’s Person Who Made a Difference in 2000. She was the winner of the 2006 Institute of Safe Medication Practices Cheers Award and was declared a Woman of Achievement by Long Island Press in 2007. In 2008 she received recognition from the Healthcare Heroes award sponsored by LI Business News.  She was selected by NY State Senator Kemp Hannon as Long Island Woman of Distinction and received the 2010 MITSS HOPE Award.

Ms. Corina has appeared as a patient-safety expert on CNN, Fox News, and other television and radio news shows. She has been interviewed by newspapers and magazines including: Child Magazine, Health Magazine, Long Island Newsday, New York Daily News, Washington Post, American Medical News and Modern Healthcare. Her work has been published by the American Journal of Nursing and Perioperative Nursing Clinics, and she has authored the book Teaching Patient Safety, An Educators Guide and coauthored Family Centered Patient Advocacy, A Training Manual.  She has developed the first training program focused on family centered patient advocacy, which helps families become part for the health care team and she coauthored the white paper “Critical Communication; Straight Talk to Reduce Medical Errors.”

August 2015
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