Sepsis Alliance hosted its 6th annual Sepsis Heroes, the organization’s annual fundraising gala, on September 14, 2017 in New York City. The event, timed to coincide with Sepsis Awareness Month, honored the 2017 Sepsis Heroes who have made a significant contribution to sepsis awareness and education among both the general public and healthcare professionals.

Save the Date! Sepsis Heroes 2018 – September 13

Meet the 2017 Sepsis Heroes honorees:

  • Children’s Hospital Association – The voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals around the country that leads an innovative pediatric sepsis campaign implementing diagnostic and treatment protocols.
  • Andre Vovan, Hoag Hospital Presbyterian, and Providence St Joseph Health – Dr. Vovan is a critical care specialist and the creator of the Hoag Hospital and St. Joseph Hospitals system-wide sepsis campaign, and a champion of sepsis identification and treatment. His advocacy for improved sepsis outcomes and his leadership has helped the health system not only decrease sepsis mortality, but shortened hospital stays, which is better for patients and reduces healthcare costs overall.
  • Sue Sirianni and Maria Palleschi – Sue and Maria are nurse practitioners who work at Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center but in addition to their clinical work, Sue and Maria are research partners and strong community activists who are dedicated to raising sepsis awareness. They organized a 5K event in Michigan, which raised over $13,000 its first year alone. They have hosted a variety of other events to bring sepsis awareness front and center in the community.
  • Sue and Jay Stull – Sue Stull is a sepsis survivor. To save Sue’s life, doctors had to amputate both arms and legs, leaving Sue to learn how to navigate life again in a very different manner. Jay, Sue’s husband, supports Sue as they work together to raise awareness of sepsis and its aftermath.
  • Jon Glaudemans – Former managing director of Manatt Health solutions, Jon has been quietly working behind the scenes to help Sepsis Alliance move with strategic partnerships. A sepsis survivor himself, Jon didn’t realize the impact of what happened to him until he got to know Sepsis Alliance and learn more about sepsis.

The Sepsis Heroes gala will featured a presentation of the Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award. Given in memory of Erin Kay Flatley, a 23-year-old aspiring teacher who died unnecessarily of sepsis after a routine surgery, this year’s Spirit Award recipients were Liz and Tony Galbo who tragically lost their five-year-old daughter, Gabby, to sepsis in 2012. The couple have since raised awareness in their home state of Illinois to such a level that Gabby’s Law was enacted, requiring hospitals to implement sepsis protocols to improve early detection and treatment of sepsis.

Sepsis Heroes 2016 Highlight Video

Sepsis Heroes Sponsors

The Sepsis Heroes event could not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Companies and organizations interested in supporting the Sepsis Heroes event as a sponsor should email or call us at (619) 232-0300. Program ad pages are also available for purchase.

View Sepsis Heroes Sponsorship Opportunities (Adobe PDF)


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