The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust

National Health Care Documentary Brought to Lehigh Valley

On Wednesday, July 11th, Lehigh Valley Health Network brought the nationally recognized documentary “To Err Is Human” to the Lehigh Valley for a screening and panel discussion. Prior to its debut in the Lehigh Valley, the film had been brought to the Cleveland Clinic, University of California-Davis, University of Pennsylvania-Leonard Davis Institute and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health among other notable health networks. The was also included in the Illinois International Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival.

The panel discussion was led by filmmaker Michael Eisenberg, Dr. Michael McCambridge, LVHN Chief of Quality and Safety, and Gwenis Browning, LVHN Director of Patient Safety and was held directly after the film screening in LVHN’s Cedar Crest auditorium. In addition to the more than 200 attendees at the main screening site, the event was broadcast to LVHN locations in Hazleton, Schuylkill, and Pocono. Eighty-five percent of the audience were licensed professionals.

The event was presented as part of a grant to the LVHN Department of Education from The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust. Edward F. Meehan, MPH, Executive Director of The Trust, said the film screening was a point of pride for our region. “This film screening put the spotlight on a vision of excellence in health care. We are pleased to see the LVHN Department of Education achieve a prestigious and important event to benefit the professional staff of the health network and ultimately, our whole community.”

Cynthia A. Cappel DNP, RN-BC, NE-BC, Vice President, Department of Education, LVHN was pleased with the response to the screening and sees this type of activity as critical to the health network’s educational efforts. “Education is a means to inform and influence clinical practice.  The response to the program demonstrates interest on the part of the interprofessional health care team to continually improve the delivery of safe and effective care to our patients.”

Eisenberg, director and producer, made the documentary to honor the work of his father, Dr. John M. Eisenberg, a patient safety pioneer. The film was created to provide a productive look at healthcare quality that would prompt conversations toward system improvements rather than sensationalize the topic of patient safety.