About Josie King Foundation

On February 22, 2001, eighteen-month-old Josie King died from medical errors.

More than 250,000 people die every year from medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The Josie King Foundation’s mission is to prevent patients from dying or being harmed by medical errors. By uniting healthcare providers and consumers, and funding innovative safety programs, we hope to create a culture of patient safety, together.

JKF News & Events

Josie King Hero Award: fourth limited edition is here

Thanks to there being so many amazing Josie King heroes in hospitals around the country the first, second, and third limited editions of the Josie King Hero Award artwork have sold out. We are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth limited edition of the Josie King Hero Award. We hope you like this new layout with its soft, pale teal color. We chose teal because it blends blue’s tranquil stability with green’s optimism and healing properties. Teal also represents open communication and clarity of thought.  Just like the first, second, and third editions, each giclee watercolor print is set in a simple clear block frame. Abstract copy flows across the washed background – and a thank you message from the Josie King Foundation to the hero recipient is beautifully printed on the back. To learn more click here

Patient Safety 19 years since Josie King died: How far have we come?

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s first patient safety workforce. Leading patient safety interventions for 15 years. Back row, from left: Richard "Chip" Davis, Albert Wu, George Dover and Dan Ford. Middle row, from left: Ronald R. Peterson, Rhonda Wyskiel, C. Michael Armstrong and Cheryl Conners. Front row, from left: Peter Pronovost and Sorrel King, holding a picture of Josie King.

Opportunities and challenges were recognized 19 years ago at Hopkins when Josie died. No Room for Error, an article just released in a special patient safety issue of Dome, a Johns Hopkins publication marks the fifteen-year anniversary of Josie’s death and the progress and growth in patient safety ever since.

To read the article, click here.

15 years later

MedStar Health created a new Community HeRO Award. Sorrel was recognized at the MedStar Health Annual HeRO Luncheon.

To read more click here

Josie’s Story, written by Sorrel King, is used as an educational tool in the healthcare industry.

A memoir about Josie, the medical errors that led to her death, the family’s struggles to deal with their grief, Sorrel’s foray into the health care industry as a patient safety advocate, and the safety improvements that have come about in Josie’s memory.

More about Josie’s Story

JKF is so happy that Josie’s Story has reached Japan. Thank you to our friends at Eiji Press, Inc. for doing such a great job in helping us bring her message to Japan and its healthcare industry. Purchase Japanese copy of Josie’s Story