2016 Stanley P. Mayers Lecture

19th Annual Stanley P. Meyers Endowed Lecture

Josie's Story: Family-Centered Approaches to Patient Safety

The presenter will be Sorrel King, a patient safety advocate and author of Josie's Story.

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Ruth Pike Auditorium
022 Biobehavioral Health Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA


Immediately following the lecture, please join us in the Living Center, 110 Henderson Building (next to the BBH Building), for a reception and senior celebration.


Sorrel King's Biography

Sorrel King is an author, a patient safety advocate, and the co-founder of the Josie King Foundation.

In 2001, King’s daughter, Josie, died as a result of medical errors. Consumed by grief, King was determined to honor Josie’s memory. She and her husband created the Josie King Foundation with the purpose of preventing patients from being harmed or killed by medical errors.

King has become a nationally renowned patient safety advocate. As a public speaker she travels the country spreading her message to hospitals, doctors, nurses, CEOs, and board members, as well as medical and nursing students. It is her hope that Josie’s story will inspire change and create a better, safer healthcare industry.

King’s book, Josie’s Story, was named one of the best health books in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal and is being used in medical and nursing schools around the country.

King was chosen as one of “50 Women Changing the World” by Woman’s Day magazine in February 2010 and has appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson, and was featured in a Forbes magazine article titled, “Fixing Hospitals in 2005.” On July 21, 2004, U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) introduced the “Josie King Act” as a tribute to King’s work and Josie’s life.

CME Credit Available


The Mount Nittany Medical Center is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by the Mount Nittany Medical Center are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).


The Mount Nittany Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


At the completion of this program, the participants should be able to: recognize characteristics of an effective patient-family health care provider relationship, describe methods that can be used to facilitate effective communication between patients and providers, and discuss an adverse event that could be prevented by effective communication between patients, families, and providers.


This program is designed for physicians, health care professionals, administrators, and students.


Registration is not required for the lecture. However, if you plan to attend the reception, please contact Beverly Fahr at bqf2@psu.edu or 814-863-2859 by April 6.