The Inspiring Journey of a Tireless Advocate for Patient Safety

January 16, 2023
Hosted by Ron Roel

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If you or a member of your family have ever been affected by medical errors—a serious public health problem and a leading cause of death in the U.S.—you should know about Pulse: The Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy. In today’s episode, Ilene Corina, the Founder and President of Pulse, will talk about her decades-long journey advocating for patients, sitting at their bedside, working with families and a host of experts and providers, dedicated to building a health care system that is better and safer for everyone. Pulse’s work is important for patients of all ages, but especially for older people, who often may not always be able to advocate for themselves. Ilene will describe the wide range of Pulse training and education programs, classes and workshops designed to empower patients and their families—like the Healthcare Equity Project that explores challenges faced by vulnerable populations; and the unique TakeCHARGE Campaign that works directly with the general public BEFORE people become patients, teaching them how to take charge of their own health care decisions. Research shows that when patients are engaged in their health care, there can be measurable improvements in safety and results. Ultimately, Pulse’s mission is not about health, but health CARE, the journey to better health—a collaboration of patients, families, volunteers, advocates and safety organizations. When it comes to Pulse’ work in the community, Ilene says, our motto is: We Listen, We Learn, We Lead.

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Ron Roel

I’m a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, the last two decades focusing on the blend of diverse life skills I call successful aging.

I have written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures, discovering along the way that the path to aging well also requires an unexpected entrepreneurial vision. I spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers. I created, a website offering practical advice and inspirational essays for people ages 40 and above. I have been a volunteer and consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles, advocating for seniors, and developing action plans for the AARP Age-Friendly Communities initiative.

I am active in programs and organizations that support seniors, such as the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. I have developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years. I regularly collaborate with many professionals who provide services and support for older Americans, and I am completing a book for caregivers on Long Island, “The Caregiving Navigator/How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself,” scheduled for publication in early 2021.

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