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All About Susan Sheridan

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Eagle, Idaho
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Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA, CAPS Co-founder and President, became involved in patient safety after her family experienced two serious medical system failures. Her husband, Pat, died in 2002 after his diagnosis of spinal cancer failed to be communicated. Their son, Cal, suffered severe brain damage called kernicterus five days after his birth in 1995 when his neonatal jaundice was untreated.

Sheridan is co-founder and past President of Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus, which works in partnership with private and public health agencies to eradicate kernicterus. In 2003, Sheridan co-founded Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, a nonprofit organization that seeks a safe, compassionate and just healthcare system through proactive partnership between consumers and providers of care.

In 2004, Sheridan was asked to lead the World Health Organization’s Patients for Patient Safety initiative, one of six action areas of WHO’s World Alliance for Patient Safety. She was selected for membership on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Research Coordinating Center Steering Committee. The committee is charged with facilitating communications across projects in AHRQ’s patient safety program, as well as collaborative interactions with organizations in the national and international patient safety arena.

She speaks frequently on patient safety and legal reform at national and international events, and edits a regular column on consumer issues in the journal Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

Mrs. Sheridan has a professional background in international banking and served in Ecuador with her late husband as Peace Corps volunteers. She lives in Eagle, ID with her children, Cal and Mackenzie.

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