Linda K. Kenney, executive director and president of MITSS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services Inc.), founded the organization in 2002, three years after her own experience with medically induced trauma nearly left her dead. She was motivated by the lack of emotional support services for patients, families, and care providers following adverse events, and she outlined an agenda for reform.
Since then, Kenney has been a powerful activist for patient, family, and clinician rights. She is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the patient safety movement and speaks regularly at health care conferences and forums. In 2006, she was the first consumer graduate of the prestigious HRET/AHA Patient Leadership Fellowship. That year, she also received the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Socius Award, given in recognition of effective partnering in pursuit of patient safety.