Welcome to the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation’s blog. Like many organizations dedicated to raising awareness of crucial public health issues, being able to communicate with our supporters and potential supporters is key to our success. To that end, we’ll be sharing news about the foundation and the fight against C. diff. stories of people who have been afflicted by C. diff, news about treatments and policy changes affecting C. diff, and stories about Peggy and her life. We will also be asking guests to blog on here from time to time, from public health experts to other patient safety activists.
Most of all, we want to use this space to engage our supporters and the larger patient safety community. Like many patient safety advocates,whether they are working on surgical safety, hospital acquired infections, or medical device approval issues, we entered this work through a personal catastrophe: the loss of our mother. Nearly two years after the death of our mother the pain is still fresh and the longing for her smile, her laugh and her advice is still palpable.
We know there are millions of Americans who feel the same way we do. We also know that there are thousand of Americans within and outside of the healthcare industry who are working to minimize the cost of medical errors, and the pain they inflict on our families. On this journey, we have met numerous other people who have had their lives irrevocably changed by C. diff, MRSA, a faulty medical device, a medication error, and other ways in which their or a loved one’s medical treatment went horribly wrong. But most of all we know that together we can prevent this from happening to other families.
We are thankful for all those who stand with us in this fight, including our family, friends, members of our National Advisory Council, the members of our event committee, the victims who share their stories with us and everyone who works to increase patient safety. We hope you will take the time to read our posts, share them with your networks and most of all, join what we hope will be a national conversation about changing our healthcare system so lives may be saved and families may be spared the pain we have experienced.
The Lillis Brothers