Marcus Engel, National Speaker and
Author, Shares His Extraordinary Near-Death Experience
Conn. March 6, 2013) – For the second year, Saint Francis
is proud to recognize National Patient
Safety Awareness Week with another inspiring guest speaker.
Marcus Engel was a college freshman when he nearly
lost his life after his car was hit by a drunk driver. Marcus blinded by the accident, endured two
years of aggressive rehabilitation and over 300 hours of facial reconstructive
Today, Marcus and his guide dog, Garrett, travel the
country spreading a message of empowerment while honoring the tireless efforts
of healthcare professionals. Marcus’s
perspective on his survival and recovery is both enlightening and riveting.
“We are honored to have Marcus Engel speak to
the Saint Francis staff, outside healthcare workers and patients about
relationship-based care,” said Scott Ellner, D.O., Vice Chairman of Surgery,
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
“Marcus has used the tragedy of his traumatic blindness to teach healthcare
providers communication skills through Narrative Medicine,” added Dr. Ellner.
Marcus is a national presenter and author who
received a M.S. in Narrative Medicine.
Narrative Medicine focuses on addressing the needs of patients and
caregivers to voice their experiences, to be heard and to be valued. It acknowledges the power of narrative to
change the way care is given and received.
Marcus will introduce some of these concepts to participants as a way to
capture stories that lead to improving patient care.
Saint Francis continues to lead the way in
developing procedures to improve patient care and safety. Five years ago, an operating room team
training program and a surgical checklist were developed and implemented to
prevent safety-compromising events during OR procedures. As a result, the Hospital has seen a 70%
reduction in post-surgical complication rates.
This prompted recognition from the Joint Commission for demonstrating
“Best Practice” for time-outs in the OR.
Other safety measures Saint Francis has put into place to ensure patient
safety include infection
control and relationship-based caring practices.
safety has always been our first priority at Saint Francis,” said Christopher
M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center. “Saint Francis continues
to be recognized nationally for our efforts as a recipient of the 2012
HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, categorizing us among the top 5%
of U.S. hospitals in patient safety,” concluded Dadlez.
Saint Francis was also recognized by the Leapfrog
Group as the only hospital in central Connecticut to receive an “A” rating for
patient safety, one of only three hospitals statewide to merit this
distinction. And, more recently, Saint
Francis was honored by CareChex®,
a division of Comparion®, for
patient safety and medical excellence achievements in numerous categories in
its 2013 hospital award rankings.
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Its services are supported by a network of
five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited
throughout the region. For more
information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.