John M. Samuels Joins Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors
April 24, 2019
New York healthcare leader John M. Samuels 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, April 24, 2019 – Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis organization, is pleased to announce that John Samuels, the Founder and CEO of Better Health Advisors, has joined its Board of Directors. During his time as a senior hospital leader, Samuels witnessed the often devastating human consequences of sepsis in the emergency department. This first-hand experience with sepsis inspired him to join the Sepsis Alliance Board in its mission to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis – the body’s life-threatening response to an infection that takes a life every two minutes.
Samuels’ tenure in healthcare is marked by a ceaseless effort to improve patient care and satisfaction. During his two decades of work in hospitals, he sat at the helm of a system that touched nearly 800,000 lives per year, and was responsible for the operation of 16 emergency departments and a rapidly expanding network of urgent care centers.
“We are excited to have John join our board,” said Steve Maupin, Sepsis Alliance Board Chair. “His deep understanding of hospital operations and leadership experience will provide us with invaluable guidance as we work towards a world in which no one is harmed by sepsis.”
“I joined the Sepsis Alliance Board of Directors because I believe that with my proven experience improving patient care in the healthcare setting, I can help Sepsis Alliance make a significant impact in the fight against sepsis,“ said Samuels, who graduated from the Academy of Healthcare Leadership Advancement at Cornell University and has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In the United States, sepsis affects 1.7 million people and takes 270,000 lives each year. More than 75,000 children develop severe sepsis per year in the United States and 6,800 of these children die, more than from 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 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 2007, 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.