SEPSIS ALLIANCE

San Diego, CA   |  www.sepsis.org

Mission

Save lives and reduce suffering by improving sepsis awareness and care.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Thomas Heymann

Main address

3180 University Avenue, Ste 235

San Diego, CA 92104 USA

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EIN

38-3110993

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Health Support Services (E60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. More than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis each year – one every 20 second. 270,000 people die from sepsis every year in the U.S. – one every 2 minutes; more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and opioid overdose combined. Sepsis is the number one killer in this country, costing hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. more than $60 billion each year. Yet, the public is not aware of sepsis, 71% of U.S. adults recognize the word "sepsis," but only 15% can identify the symptoms.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sepsis Alliance Institute

The Sepsis Alliance Institute offers sepsis education and resources for healthcare providers across the continuum of care. Every year in the United States, 1.7 million people are diagnosed with sepsis and over 270,000 people die of sepsis. Sepsis is the most expensive in-patient cost in U.S. hospitals. In-patient hospital and skilled nursing costs for sepsis care are approximately $62 billion per year. Sepsis Alliance developed the Sepsis Alliance Institute to help improve sepsis diagnosis, treatment, and care.

The Sepsis Alliance Institute's goal is to create a community of healthcare providers who are prepared to recognize, treat, and care for patients with sepsis. Healthcare providers need to know the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and what to do when they recognize sepsis in their patients. In order to improve sepsis care, Sepsis Alliance Institute offers a library of courses directed to healthcare providers across the continuum of care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

TheSepsis Alliance Clinical Community (SCC) is a community created by Sepsis Alliance to provide sepsis best practice resources and guidance to sepsis coordinators and all health professionals across the country. The SCC is led by a team of expert leaders in the field of nursing with critical experience in caring for sepsis patients, and developing and implementing sepsis protocols.

The SCC's Advisory Committee guides the content and structure of the group using a collaborative approach and using evidence-based practice to provide guidance to those seeking help. The advisors represent a diverse group of hospital types and sizes, professional backgrounds, and geographic locations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of U.S. adults that recognize the word "sepsis."

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders, Adults

Related Program

Sepsis Alliance Institute

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of healthcare providers trained through the Sepsis Alliance Institute courses

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sepsis Alliance's mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by improving sepsis awareness and care. The organization does that through public awareness campaigns, patient materials, resources for friends and family of sepsis patients, education for healthcare providers through the Sepsis Alliance Clinical Community and Sepsis Alliance Institute, education for policy makers, and a robust knowledge center and online community at sepsis.org.

Sepsis Alliance provides education and support for members of the public, sepsis patients and their families, sepsis survivors and their families, and those who have lost a loved one to sepsis. Sepsis Alliance also provides education for healthcare providers across the continuum of care, and a peer to peer community for providers to share best practices. Additionally, Sepsis Alliance supports advocacy efforts to promote policy changes to improve sepsis care and patient outcomes. All resources are provided free with an aim to create greater access to education. Sepsis Alliance aims to improve the health disparities present in sepsis care and outcomes.

Sepsis Alliance has a staff that is focused on programs that will improve awareness, education, and survivor support. An active volunteer Board and Advisory Board helps with specific areas of work and supports fundraising efforts for the organization. Sepsis Alliance also work with a wide range of partners in healthcare, industry, and media; as well as an army of volunteers. All help fund, create, and distribute awareness building and education materials to the public, the healthcare community, policymakers, and those whose lives have been impacted by sepsis.

What Sepsis Alliance Has Accomplished:

1. Sepsis Alliance has helped to raise awareness of sepsis from 19% to 71%.
2. We launched Sepsis Awareness Month in 2011.
3. We have grown our board of directors by 40% in the past year and added an advisory board to support the organization on medical, legal, and other issues.
4. We have launched a website (www.sepsis.org) that has become the go-to resources for patients and loved ones looking for answers.
5. We attended and helped recruit attendees to the first U.S. Senate Hearings on Sepsis, held in September of 2013.
6. We have developed unique and creative ways to raise awareness, through direct-to-consumer campaigns to education materials and advertising.
7. We have launched an annual gala called Sepsis Heroes that brings individuals from across the continent together to recognize champions in raising sepsis awareness.
8. Sepsis Alliance helped found the Global Sepsis Alliance, supporting the efforts of over 1 million caregivers in more than 70 countries.
9. Sepsis Alliance was a leading force behind World Sepsis Day, which was founded in 2012 and supported this year by over 2400 hospitals and organizations across the globe.
10. Sepsis Alliance the Faces of Sepsis initiative to support sepsis survivors and their families and loved one. More than 1,500 stories have been submitted and a Faces of Sepsis film was released in 2014.
11. Sepsis Alliance launched the Sepsis Alliance Summit, a free virtual conference to educate and inspire healthcare providers across the continuum of care.

What We Have Yet to Accomplish:
1. We aim to achieve 100% awareness of sepsis, particularly among young adults.
2. We hope to convince hospitals and healthcare facilities to universally declare sepsis to be a medical emergency as they have for other conditions, such as stroke and cardiac arrest.
3. We aim to provide additional resources for individuals and family members who have survived sepsis.
4. We hope to see national legislation calling for sepsis standards and accountability.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEPSIS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karin Molander, MD

James O'Brien

OhioHealth

Dana Mirman

Jill Gress

Radius Global Market Research

Steve Simpson

University of Kansas

Steve Maupin

Alvarez and Marsal

Carl Flatley

Anne Lynch

WANdisco

Catriona Macdonald

Linchpin Strategies

Hari Menon

Timeli

Laura Messineo

Stuart Subotnick

MetroMedia

Mark Weinstein

Amanda Breckenridge

Bill Gossman

Katy Grainger

Lukas Haynes

David Rockefellar Fund

Kiran Mahadik

Stryker

Elizabeth Mockapetris

Karin Molander

Sutter Health

Joel O'Driscoll

Alvarez and Marsal

John Samuels

Better Health Advisors

Joanthan Wilson

Spectrum Science

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes