Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS) Webinar Series - Presenters bios
Jeanine Thomas is founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day. She is the first patient/consumer advocate to raise the alarm about MRSA and healthcare-acquired infections (HAI’s) in the United States and works on a global level with fellow advocates. She worked with then Illinois state senator Barack Obama to pass the first infection reporting law in the United States in 2003. She has since introduced and helped to pass several pieces of legislation mandating MRSA screening of high risk patients and mandating MRSA be designated on death certificates if it is a contributing factor. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution in 2009 officially designating October 2 – World MRSA Day and October – World MRSA Awareness Month. April 1-7th is International MRSA Testing Week. She is currently working on a Presidential Proclamation for World MRSA Day.
Jeanine Thomas has been a WHO designated ‘Patient Champion’ since 2008, FDA-appointed consultant on the anti-infective drug committee and a council member with Brookings Institution. She is a survivor of MRSA sepsis and complicating C. difficile and became critically ill and nearly died after ankle surgery in 2000.