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OR Excellence Session Previews - June 2015

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6 6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E J U N E 2 0 1 5 J oan Rivers arrived at Yorkville Endoscopy in midtown Manhattan for what was supposed to be a routine endoscopy. Hours later she slipped into a coma and never recovered. The iconic come- dienne's death put the quality of care provided at outpatient facilities in the media's crosshairs, says Kenneth Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, system vice president and chief medical officer at Saint Vincent's Healthcare in Jacksonville, Fla. He'll wrap up this year's conference by discussing what went wrong on that fateful day in his presentation "Lessons Learned from the Death of Joan Rivers: Ensuring Patient Safety in Outpatient Surgery." • A wake-up call for surgical facilities. This incident has increased media scrutiny on outpatient surgical facilities. What has been the result of that attention? For starters, it created uncertainty for patients. It's very difficult from the patient perspective to assess Lessons Learned From The Death of Joan Rivers The highly publicized incident is a wake-up call for all facilities. Speaker Profile • Serves on the board of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety. • Nationally recognized for his work in emergency airway man- agement, opioid safety and respi- ratory monitoring. • Awarded the Circle of Honor Award for Innovation in Patient Safety from the Maryland Patient Safety Center. Kenneth Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE

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