Kent Hospital CEO to speak at Bryant Ethics Event Oct. 29

Kent Hospital CEO to speak at Bryant Ethics Event Oct. 29

SMITHFIELD - "I just did what my mother taught me to do." This was Sandra Coletta's response when she was asked why she had made an apology to a family grieving the death of their husband and father who had died in the hospital where Coletta was CEO. The apology caused the family to drop its lawsuit against the hospital for wrongful death, and has led to the creation of The Michael J. Woods Institute at Kent Hospital. This institute has been established in Mr. Woods' memory to redesign health care from a human factors perspective with the full support and participation of the victim's brother, actor James Woods, and his attorney.

Coletta will be speaking at Bryant Interfaith Center's 4th annual Ethics Event 2014 on the theme "Core Values and Where They Come From." An advocate for patient safety, Coletta has successfully led Kent Hospital from a financial, quality, and image crisis to national recognition for patient safety, operational improvement, and a new culture of accountability for employees and medical staff. She will tell her story of "the Kent Hospital Apology" and the effects it has had on the hospital in her keynote address at Bryant on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the MAC in the Chace Wellness & Athletic Center.

Bryant Interfaith Center's annual Ethics Event is designed to help students think about core values and to strengthen their abilities to make good ethical decisions. The Event is specially directed to first year students who attend a case study workshop before hearing the speaker at an afternoon Plenary Session, as well as to upper level students who attend the evening keynote at 7. The keynote address is open to faculty and staff, alumni, and residents from the communities of Smithfield, Lincoln, and Cumberland.

Bryant University is at 1150 Douglas Pike. Parking is available across from the Chace Wellness & Athletic Center. For more information on Ethics Event 2014, please contact John Nesbitt, program coordinator at the Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center, at jnesbitt@bryant.edu or call 401-232-6119.