Day 2 Opening Remarks and Patient Story

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Date/Time: April 11, 2024 | 10:00 - 10:20 am ET

The second day of the Sepsis Alliance AMR Conference will open with a patient story from Rosie Bartel. Rosie is a passionate patient advocate and has experienced sepsis and septic shock more than fourteen times. Rosie has faced numerous hospitalizations and healthcare encounters following a MRSA infection that developed following a total right knee replacement in 2009. During these opening remarks, Rosie will share her journey battling antibiotic-resistant infections firsthand, empowering learners to better advocate for and amplify the patient’s voice in their own practice. 

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Rosie Bartel

Patient Advocate and Sepsis Survivor

Rosie Bartel is a widow, mother, grandmother, and an educator. In August of 2009 she underwent a total right knee replacement that developed a MRSA infection. This healthcare acquired infection has led to 58 surgeries, over 200 hospitalizations, 100 blood transfusions, a right leg amputation six inches above the knee, then two years later a total hip amputation with the removal of part of her pelvic bone during another surgery. She also experienced sepsis and septic shock more than fourteen times. As Rosie continues to battle this MRSA infection in her body, she is driven to share her story of survival. She believes in helping others with disabilities find their voices. She uses her story to co-design with medical professionals and researchers, and to advocate for patients and their caregivers.  


Infection Control Officer

Jefferson Health, New Jersey

Cindy Hou, DO, MA, MBA, CIC, CPHQ, FACOI, FACP, FIDSA, is the Infection Control Officer and Medical Director of Research for Jefferson Health - New Jersey (JNJ) and an infectious diseases specialist. She is dually board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Dr. Hou has expertise in sepsis, antibiotic stewardship, and infection control. Dr. Hou is the Chief Medical Officer of  Sepsis Alliance and a member of its board of directors; she is also a medical advisor for the Sepsis Innovation Collaborative. Dr. Hou earned an M.B.A. and M.A. from Boston University, a D.O. from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a BS from Yale University. She has a certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC), is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Dr. Hou is a fellow for the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). 

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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