Synopses & Reviews
"In 2001, the six-member King family had just relocated to a new home in Baltimore when tragedy struck: 17-month-old Josie, wandering unsupervised, turned on a hot water tap and was badly scalded. Rushed to Johns Hopkins hospital, Josie spent 17 days in recovery and was scheduled to be released, but sudden cardiac arrest killed her before she made it out. The hospital admitted their mistake: improper hydration and a mistakenly administered dose of prescription painkiller methadone. Even more shocking, the Kings learned that theirs was not a unique tragedy; in the U.S., somewhere between 44,000 and 98,000 people die every year from medical errors. Using their $1.5 million settlement, the Kings founded an advocacy group, the Josie King Foundation, which, in partnership Johns Hopkins, spearheads a national drive for patient safety programs. This painful but inspiring memoir is a compelling drama of family grief amid the dysfunctional U.S. health care system, buttressed by a 20-page resource guide for patients, families and health-care providers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Sorrel King is a heroic figure in the healthcare movement. Josie's story and Sorrel's determination are making care safer for millions of patients. At its core, this is a powerful and immensely moving love story.”Charles Kenney, Quality and Safety Consultant to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Josies story has served as a beacon for me and thousands of other healthcare professionals.”Dr. Louise Liang, former Senior Vice President, Quality and Clinical Systems Support, Kaiser Permanente
Sorrells story . . . teaches us that listening is as important as doing, reminding us that our learning is a journey, and that our true teachers sit in front of us in hospital beds and on exam tables each day.”Dr. David Shulkin, President and CEO, Beth Israel Medical Center, NY
I am confident that Sorrel has saved countless lives by sharing her story and challenging physicians and administrators to critically examine how they provide care. She made a difference for our childrens hospital and we are forever grateful.”Craig Cordola, CEO, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital of Houston, TX
- Sorrel King and the Josie King Foundation have been at the forefront of the campaign to make health-care organizations safer
- Across the country, health-care organizations invite Sorrel King to speak at training sessions, conferences, and seminars on patient safety
- Josie's Story includes a resource guide for patients, families, and health-care providers
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.
Ninety-eight thousand people die every year from medical errors, making it a leading cause of death in the United States, but the subject has long been taboo. All that changed with Josie. Sorrel Kings eighteen-month-old daughter was badly burned by a faulty water heater in the familys new home, but was taken to the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she made a remarkable recovery. But as she was preparing to leave, the hospitals system of communication broke down and Josie was given a fatal shot of methadone, sending her into cardiac arrest. Within forty-eight hours, the King family went from planning a homecoming to planning a funeral. Dizzy with grief and close to ending her marriage, Sorrel slowly pulled herself and her life back together. Accepting Hopkins settlement, she and her husband established the Josie King Foundation. They began to implement basic programs in hospitals emphasizing communication between patients, family, and medical staffpractices which can now be found in hospitals around the country. The account of one womans unlikely path from full-time mom to nationally renowned patient advocate, Josies Story is the inspirational chronicle of how a motherand her unforgettable daughterare transforming the face of American medicine.