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Sorrel King

Parent and Family-Centered Care AdvocateSorrel King Photo

On February 22, 2001, eighteen-month old Josie King died from medical errors. Following the death of her eighteen month old daughter, Josie, Sorrel King became a leading advocate for patient safety for patients and their families. 

Together with her husband, Tony, Sorrel King founded the Josie King Foundation in 2001 to prevent others from dying or being harmed by medical errors. According to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 people die every year from medical errors, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

By uniting healthcare providers and consumers, and funding innovative safety programs, the Foundation hopes to create a culture of patient safety. The Josie King Foundation supports innovative patient safety programs that influence the way safety is incorporated into medical care. The Josie King Pediatric Patient Safety Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Children’s Center received initial funding from the Josie King Foundation and currently serves as a model for patient safety programs across the country.

Sorrel has worked to support the patient safety movement to ensure that what happened to Josie will never again happen to another patient. Her book Josie’s Story was published in September 2009 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc. Josie’s Story was named one of the best health books in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal, and won the “First Book” award at the 2010 “Books for a Better Life” Awards. The account of one woman’s unlikely path from full-time mom to nationally renowned patient advocate, Josie’s Story is the inspirational chronicle of how a mother—and her unforgettable daughter—are transforming the face of American medicine. Sorrel was chosen as one of “50 Women Changing the World” by Woman’s Day magazine in February 2010.

As a public speaker, she brings Josie’s powerful story and the successes of Foundation-sponsored safety initiatives to wide audiences to ensure that what happened to Josie will never happen to another patient. The DVD copy of her speech is used by thousands of hospitals and health care systems around the world to inspire doctors, nurses, and administrators to create a culture of patient safety at their institutions. She has shared her personal story with hundreds of different groups around the country. 

Josie King Foundation Programs

    Care Journal
    Patient Journal App
    Condition Help (Condition H)
    Care for the Caregiver
    Nursing Journal
    Josie King Nursing Awards 
    Maryland Disclosure Program
    The Josie King Story DVD
    Raising Awareness
    Pediatric Rapid Response Teams
    Josie King Patient Safety Program