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September, 2012
The Clinician Support Tool Kit for Healthcare received more than 10,000 online hits, was downloaded more than 1,300 times, and was accessed by visitors in 77 countries (to date).

June, 2012
“New Tool Kit Helps Building Clinician Support Programs,” by Linda Kenney and Winifred Tobin, was published in American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Now.

May, 2012
Building a Clinician Peer Support Program – A MITSS Workshop at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) was held in Cambridge, MA, May 10-11, 2012.  Participants came from across the United States as well as from the UK and Switzerland.

May, 2012
“How to Develop a Second Victim Program: A Toolkit for Health Care Organizations,” by Dr. Steve Pratt (MITSS Board member), and Linda Kenney, et al, was published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

November, 2011
MITSS presents Implementation of Support Programs After Adverse Events featuring Linda Kenney; Sue Scott from UMissouri Health System; Dr. Steve Pratt, BIDMC; Dr. Jo Shapiro, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and. Dr. Albert Wu, Johns Hopkins.

MITSS holds its 10th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser. Keynote speaker is NBC's Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Opening remarks are presented by Kent Hospital's CEO, Sandra Coletta. Mrs. Coletta largely credited for settlement with actor, James Woods, following death of his brother at Kent resulting in formation of Michael Woods Foundation for Patient Safety.

NEXT STEP Program - Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor, Michigan, wins the Fourth Annual MITSS HOPE Award.

November, 2011
“More Victims Than Meet the Eye – Patients are not the only victims in medical errors,” by Linda Kenney, was published in American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Now, November 2011.

Spring, 2011
The MITSS Onsite Organizational Assessment is developed to assist hospitals in measuring their readiness for a Comprehensive Communication and Support Program (CCSP). 

March, 2011
MITSS releases Engaging Minority Communities in Safer Healthcare, a white paper based on our August, 2010 conference.

February, 2011
Two new members join the Board of Directors – Stephen Pratt, MD, of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Deborah Washington, MS, RN, of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

December, 2010
MITSS unveils its Tools for Building a Clinician and Staff Support Program at the IHI Forum in Orlando, Florida.

Linda Kenney serves on the Steering Committee and facilitates IHI’s Summit for Patient Activists and Partners in Quality and Safety at the IHI Forum in Orlando.

November, 2010
MITSS holds 9th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser.  Opening remarks are provided by David “e-Patient Dave” deBronkart, and Dr. Anthony Whittemore, CMO at Brigham and Women’s Hospital gives the keynote. 

Third Annual HOPE Award is presented to Ilene Corina of PULSE NY. 

August, 2010
MITSS in partnership with the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) holds Engaging Minority Communities in Safer Healthcare, an all day educational event held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.  Conference brings together patients and healthcare professionals to exchange information and ideas about patient safety and quality, medical errors, adverse events, and how minority communities are affected.

March, 2010
Nominations open for the Third Annual MITSS HOPE Award.  RL Solutions is on board as the award sponsor.

November, 2009
MITSS holds 8th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser. Susan Sheridan, President & Co-Founder of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS) and named to Modern Healthcare's List of 25 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare for 2009, provides Keynote. Boston's own WCVB-TV Channel 5's Kelley Tuthill serves as event emcee and celebrity auctioneer.

Voting for Second Annual HOPE Award results in a tie. Award is presented by rL Solutions CEO Sanjay Malaviya to Patty Skolnik of Colorado Citizens for Accountability; and, Sue Scott, Myra McCoig, and Laura Hirschinger of the forYOU Team at the University of Missouri Health System.

White paper on clinician support entitled "Disclosure and Apology...What's Missing? Advancing Programs that Support Clinicians" is released at the event.

July, 2009
rL Solutions sponsors MITSS Second Annual HOPE Award.

May, 2009
Linda Kenney  co-chairs pre-congress program, Community Engagement from the Patient Family Perspective, at National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Annual Congress held in Washington, DC.

April, 2009
MITSS adds two new Board members – Janet Barnes, Executive Director of Clinical Compliance and Risk Management at BWH; and Tom Wolfe, Senior Account Manager and Clinical Associate for Sobel & Raciti Associates (LifeScope EAP).

April, 2009
Linda Kenney named honorary member of the Massachusetts Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ).   Honor of high distinction – having been bestowed only to patient safety pioneers, Dr. Lucian Leape and Dr. Alan Frankel.

March, 2009
MITSS, in partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Society, CRICO/RMF, and ProMutual Group, hosts “Disclosure and Apology – What’s Missing?  Advancing Programs that Support Clinicians.”  Groundbreaking program to be chronicled in a white paper.

March, 2009
Second Annual MITSS HOPE Award announced during Patient Safety Week (March 8-14, 2009).

Winter of 2009
MITSS goes multimedia – enters social networking environment on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, CarePages, and MySpace.

November, 2008
MITSS 7th Annual Dinner features keynote speakers, Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Margaret Murphy of Cork, Ireland, globally recognized patient safety advocate.   Celebrity auctioneer, Billy Costa, presides over most successful live auction in MITSS history.

November, 2008
Inaugural MITSS HOPE Awarded presented to team from Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

Fall of 2008
Linda Kenney’s story is chronicled in FatalCare: Survive in the US Health System by Dr. Sanjaya Kumar. 

Fall of 2008
Quantros signs on to sponsor the inaugural MITSS HOPE Award.

May, 2008
Linda Kenney serves as faculty member for NPSF’s day long Community Engagement from the Patient and Family Perspective.  First pre-congress program to from the consumer and community oriented.

March, 2008
MITSS announces the establishment of the HOPE Award – an award Honoring Outstanding People Everywhere who exemplify the MITSS mission.

March, 2008
MITSS board members embark on two day retreat to formulate new strategic plan.

March, 2008
Karen O. Moore, CEO of Kindred Hospital Parkview Springfield, and MITSS Board member, is voted Chairperson of the MITSS Board of Directors.

February, 2008
Linda Kenney named Prevention Magazine’s Health Hero of the Month.

January, 2008
Rick van Pelt, MD, steps down as Chair of MITSS Board of Directors.

November, 2007
MITSS celebrates its 6th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.  Donald Berwick, CEO of IHI, and globally recognized patient safety leader presents keynote.   Boston television icon, Liz Walker, serves as event emcee.

January, 2007
MITSS forms voluntary Community Outreach Task Force.  Charge of the committee is to find and implement strategies to increase awareness of MITSS services among potential clients and increasing their participation in programs.

January, 2007
Newly designed MITSS website is launched.

November, 2006
MITSS holds its Fifth Annual Dinner and Fundraiser.  The event is well attended by distinguished members of the healthcare community, patients and family members, frontline caregivers, and business and community leaders, all coming together to celebrate and support the MITSS mission.

October 16, 2006
Linda Kenney and Rick van Pelt, MD, featured in Newsweek Magazine story – Fixing America’s Hospitals.

August, 2006
Office space for MITSS is expanded through the generosity of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Two practicum students from local universities join MITSS staff.

July, 2006
Linda Kenney graduates from HRET/AHA Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship in San Francisco.

July, 2006
South Shore Hospital of Weymouth provides second site for MITSS patient and family support groups to meet.  South Shore group convenes.

May, 2006
The “MITSS Story” DVD underwritten by Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is released.  In state distribution funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

May, 2006
MITSS receives NPSF Socius Award at Annual Congress in San Francisco, California, in recognition of effectiveness in partnering with healthcare organizations in pursuit of improved patient safety. 

January, 2006
Dr. Lucian Leape, widely regarded as the father of the modern patient safety movement, joins MITSS Board of Directors.

November, 2005
Linda Kenney receives Bank of America Local Heroes Award in recognition of MITSS’s outstanding contributions to the community.

August, 2005
Brigham and Women’s Hospital donates office space to MITSS in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

August, 2005
Brigham and Women’s Hospital donates office space to MITSS in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

2005 to 2006
MITSS Board of Directors continues to grow with distinguished members of the medical and business communities coming on board.

Spring of 2005
First MITSS support group for nursing professionals begins.

March, 2005
Linda Kenney accepted to prestigious HRET/AHA Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.

May, 2004
Linda Kenney and Rick van Pelt present at National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Annual Congress in Boston, Massachusetts.  Congress presentation well received by local as well as national medical community, putting MITSS “on the map.”  The MITSS Story becomes much sought after presentation for local, national, and international forums.  MITSS Story also picked up more and more by national media.  Press coverage includes Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Oprah Magazine.

May, 2004
Second patient and family educational support group begins.

Fall of 2003
First patient and family educational support group held in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Brigham and Women’s Hospital donates space for the group to be held.

June 11, 2003
Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Massachusetts, publishes feature article on MITSS.  Press coverage of new organization begins.

Spring of 2003
MITSS joins the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. 

January, 2003
First MITSS Board of Directors meeting held in Easton, Massachusetts.

November, 2002
MITSS holds its First Annual Dinner and Fundraiser at Kevlyn’s Restaurant, owned and operated by Kevin and Linda Kenney.  Fundraiser attended by friends, family, and well wishers.  Dr. van Pelt, the sole member of the medical community, and his wife, Frances, also attend.

September thru December, 2002
Initial Board of Directors assembled.

June, 2002
Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), Inc. is incorporated in the state of Massachusetts.

April, 2002
Brainstorming Brunch – Linda Kenney convenes meeting with various stakeholders to discuss the idea of a new organization that supports patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events.  Dr. Rick van Pelt is in attendance.