Nothing in life prepares us to navigate hospital care for the people we love. CampaignZERO is out to change that.
Our mission is for patients, their families, and care providers to be on the same page for patient safety using CampaignZERO’s checklists and tools. This collaboration will ensure:
Patients are spared preventable harm during hospital stays
Every patient is fully supported in recovery at home
Do you share these goals? Let’s connect!
Write or call: 888.885.ZERO (9376)
Free Patient & Family Safety Checklists
Curriculum for Nursing Students
Our Leadership Team
Karen Curtiss BCPA
Founder, Content Creator, Co-Trainer, Speaker
Karen founded CampaignZERO to transform her family’s grief into good. She left a consulting career in consumer research for Fortune 500 companies to study where gaps in care occur and best practices to prevent them, which resulted in CampaignZERO’s array of tools.
Karen is a frequent speaker, co-chairs the Falls Work Group for the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and serves on an advisory board at Harvard Medical School. She is also a member of HPESS at the Dartmouth Institute.
Karen is the author of the guide for patients and families, Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One’s Care, and co-authored with Mary Foley and Sue McWilliams, Safe & Sound Nursing Tools for Family Engagement in Patient Centered Care.
Mary Foley RN, PhD
CampaignZERO Workshop Co-Trainer, Content Review
Mary Foley, RN PhD is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco
where she also serves as Director at the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation. She enjoys a joint appointment between UCSF and the San Francisco Veterans Health Care System, working with frontline nurses to develop evidence based (eBP) nursing best practices. With Karen and Sue, Mary co-authored Safe & Sound Nursing Tools for Family Engagement in Patient Centered Care.
As an expert in health care policy, Mary writes and lectures frequently about promoting safe care for workers and patients nationally and internationally. Mary served on the first National Patient Safety Foundation Board and is an advisory member of the federal Partnership for Patient Safety. She is currently Secretary of the American Academy of Nursing and the Academic
Representative to the Association of California Nurse Leaders.
Sue McWilliams DNP, MSN, RN
CampaignZERO Clinical Content Development
Sue McWilliams is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Northern Arizona State University and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. As co-author of CampaignZERO’s Safe & Sound Nursing Tools for Family Engagement Guide with Karen Curtiss and Mary Foley, she has applied the Safe & Sound content and tools to develop Caregiver Support programs for parents navigating mental health challenges with their children.
Prior to joining the Faculty at NAU, Sue served for 30 years experience as an ER nurse, program coordinator, facility director and administrator. Her background also includes extensive project development and management of service delivery.
Sue led hospital and clinical process improvement initiatives with Intersect Health Information Technology. She serves as a Board Member of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Illinois, Chair of the Communications Committee of the American Cancer Society — Illinois Division, and is a past member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Rosalind Franklin University.
Intern, Video Production
Intern, Patient Safety Research
Our Patient & Family Advisors
Crash Survivor, Care Navigator for Father Post-Transplant
Care Navigator for Family, Translator for CampaignZERO Checklists
Care Navigator for Toddler Son Managing Two Rare Diseases
Our Advisory Board
Vik Anantha, Founder, PeerHealth
Robin Shapiro, Co-Founder and Board President, Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA)
Cari Oliver, MD, Founder, Oliver Center for Patient Safety, University of Texas, Medical Branch
Steven McGeady, Co-Founder, Intel Architecture Labs
Martie Moore, RN, PhD, MAOM, CPHQ
Michael Millenson, Author, Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age, President, Health Quality Advisors
Tom Gregory, Co-Founder, Maranon Capital
Pat Rullo, Weekly Host, I Heart Radio, Speak Up and Stay Alive Patient Safety Radio, Author, Highway to Heart, Humor and Honesty in Healthcare
My dad, Bill Aydt, received the rare gift of a new lung to cure a rare disease — but he never left the hospital. For seven long months, Dad battled back from a cascade of common and preventable cracks in hospital care called “Never Events.” His fate was sealed when he took a fall, which led to pneumonia, a blood clot, two rounds of C. diff and MRSA, suffering a stage 4 bed sore all the while. Dad never left the hospital.
He died on September 23rd, one of a thousand deaths that day — and every day — that could have been prevented. I founded CampaignZERO to help families feel confident partnering with nurses and doctors to “zero out” their loved ones’ risk for accidental hospital harm or death.
Simple Checklist Solution
Studies show that checklists literally put everyone on the same page for patient safety. Vetted by medical experts, CampaignZERO checklists offer quick info and simple to-dos to help prevent the most common hazards in hospital care. For every hospital stay, bring CampaignZERO checklists so you’ll know what to watch for, what to do, what to say, and when to get a nurse or doctor.
Safer Care, One Checklist at a Time
Feedback from patients and families who’ve used CampaignZERO, and those who have participated in our community events, has been incredibly heart-warming. We’re making inroads with our Safe & Sound family education tools for hospitals, too. Please share CampaignZERO with your family and friends. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for patient safety updates and news.