Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MSAdjunct Instructor, Parent Representative University of Illinois at ChicagoPatient Safety Committee at Colorado Children’s Hospital, Solutions for Patient Safety – Patient Engagement Committee
Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MS, graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Speech Communication. She received a master’s degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a second master’s degree in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University. Carole has worked in healthcare for over 30 years. She is an adjunct professor at both the University of Illinois Chicago and Georgetown University teaching in their master’s programs for Patient Safety. Hemmelgarn is involved in patient safety work across the country. She sits on the Leapfrog Patient & Family Caregiver Expert Panel, Board of Quality, Safety and Experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical Excellence Council for Colorado Hospital Association, Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement, and MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety Advisory Board. Her passion resides in Communication and Resolution Programs, health care communication, storytelling in health care and the aftermath endured by providers, patients, and families when medical harm transpires.