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In November of 1999, I found myself at the sharp end of an adverse medical event that nearly took my life. There was no acknowledgement of the emotional impact that might follow, and I certainly wasn’t prepared.  This event made me extremely aware of the lack of emotional support in place for patients, families, and care providers following these incidences.  I knew that I was very lucky to have survived and felt a personal sense of responsibility to address this hole in the healthcare system.  I made it my mission to see that the healthcare community and public were made aware of the emotional impact that exists following adverse medical events regardless of the cause.  I also became aware that the medical community is not typically set up to provide the type support needed following the hospital stay.  That is why Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), Inc. was established.

The MITSS mission is to “Support Healing and Restore Hope” to patients, families, and clinicians following adverse medical events.  In order to achieve our mission, we create awareness and provide education about the devastating emotional impact of adverse medical events; provide direct support services to patients, families, and clinicians; and, advocate for action.  We promote disclosure, apology, and support following unexpected medical outcomes, and we encourage healthcare institutions to develop infrastructures to provide peer support systems.

If you are a patient, family member, or clinician who is struggling with the emotional toll following an adverse event, we urge you to contact us.  Call today and begin your journey of healing.