Elizabeth Mockapetris Joins Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors
December 2, 2019
Northern California sepsis awareness advocate Elizabeth Mockapetris joins the Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors to help save lives from sepsis – the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals.
San Diego, Calif, December 2, 2019 – Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s first and leading sepsis organization, is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Mockapetris has joined its Board of Directors. Mockapetris’s husband developed sepsis in 2016, while living in France. Thanks to a quick diagnosis and treatment, he survived. This experience inspired her to join Sepsis Alliance’s Board in its mission to help save lives and reduce suffering by improving sepsis awareness and care.
Before meeting her husband and starting a family, Mockapetris worked with a non-profit that helped educate members of Congress and federal agencies about the benefits of, what was then a new technology, the internet in higher education.
“We are excited to have Elizabeth join our Board of Directors,” said Steve Maupin, Sepsis Alliance Board Chair. “Her personal experience supporting and caring for her husband during and after his sepsis battle along with her non-profit experience will greatly enrich the Board’s efforts to support sepsis survivors and caregivers, and educate them about the possible long-term effects of sepsis.”
“After my husband Paul was diagnosed, and fortunately recovered, so many friends admitted to not knowing exactly what sepsis was. I look forward to helping the Sepsis Alliance carry out their important work of bringing awareness and educating the public about this often deadly and under-diagnosed condition,” said Mockapetris.
In the United States, sepsis affects 1.7 million people and takes 270,000 lives each year. Almost 60% of sepsis survivors experience worsened mental and/or physical function. Every year, more children in the United States die of sepsis (6,800) than of pediatric cancers. This deadly condition is also the number one cost of hospitalization in the nation, consuming more than $27 billion each year. To learn more about sepsis and how you can help save lives, please visit www.sepsis.org
About Sepsis Alliance:
Sepsis Alliance is the first and leading sepsis organization in the U.S., working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring healthcare professionals and community members together in the fight against sepsis. In 2018, Sepsis Alliance created the award-winning national campaign, It’s About T.I.M.E.TM, to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of sepsis and to highlight the urgent need to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized. Sepsis Alliance gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Since 2003, sepsis awareness in the U.S. has risen from 19% to 65%. Sepsis Alliance is a GuideStar Platinum Rated charity. For more information, please visit www.sepsis.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at @SepsisAlliance.