Helping the Media


We’re Here to Help You Get An Impor­tant Mes­sage Out

If you are a health­care reporter or inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, we would be delight­ed to share our insights and per­spec­tives on sto­ries relat­ed to med­ical errors and their impact on patients and fam­i­lies.   Here’s what we can do:

  • We pro­vide a voice that is pas­sion­ate, authen­tic and informed on break­ing news as well as on long-term issues in patient safe­ty.
  • Our voice is always guid­ed by the count­less patients and fam­i­lies who reg­u­lar­ly share their expe­ri­ences, espe­cial­ly about hos­pi­tal harm.  The pub­lic, in par­tic­u­lar, appre­ci­ates this per­spec­tive.
  • Our views are based on more than just the­o­ry. Kath­leen Fin­lay, The Cen­ter for Patient  Pro­tec­tion’s founder, had a life-changing fam­i­ly expe­ri­ence with the con­se­quences of hos­pi­tal harm. Her moth­er was sub­ject­ed to more med­ical errors than ever before record­ed in patient safe­ty lit­er­a­ture. She sur­vived only because her fam­i­ly took over her care at home, bring­ing an end to the repeat­ed life-threatening break­downs that occurred in the hos­pi­tal set­ting. You can read more about that expe­ri­ence in Med­scape’s Doc­tor Don’t Give Up on Me
  • Hos­pi­tal harm is the third lead­ing cause of death in both the Unit­ed States and Cana­da. We speak to why it needs to be treat­ed as the health­care emer­gency it is, and what steps can be tak­en to reduce the spread of this epi­dem­ic.  Our sig­na­ture pro­gram, the cam­paign to make Patient Pro­tec­tion 1st, was cre­at­ed to bring about a sea change in fac­tors, such as weak trans­paren­cy and poor account­abil­i­ty, that per­mit the epi­dem­ic of hos­pi­tal harm to con­tin­ue.
  • Kath­leen Fin­lay reg­u­lar­ly writes on patient safe­ty mat­ters for such pub­li­ca­tions as The Huff­in­g­ton Post and The HIlls Times. She was inter­viewed for The Toron­to Star’s series called Oper­a­tion Trans­paren­cy and she fre­quent­ly appears on live tele­vi­sion and radio news pro­grams. A clip from a recent inter­view on CTV Nation­al News appears on the side. She can also speak about med­ical errors and their impact on patients and fam­i­lies, ageism in the hos­pi­tal set­ting, abus­es of DNR deci­sions by physi­cians, and end-of-life con­cerns.  She is a rec­og­nized advo­cate for greater trans­paren­cy and account­abil­i­ty in the health­care sys­tem and for remov­ing gender-based bar­ri­ers to safe care for women and vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence. 

Her role as a cham­pi­on of patient safe­ty, and her pow­er­ful voice as an advo­cate for the most vul­ner­a­ble, make her a com­pelling spokesper­son for the con­cerns of patients and fam­i­lies every­where who are demand­ing safer care.  

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