Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety seeks to change the culture in medical settings, improve care, and save lives by getting healthcare providers to listen to each patient, stand up for them, and take appropriate action on their behalf.

What We Do


Education is our most important tool and we concentrate on:

  • Listening as a value
  • The impact of ineffective communication on patient outcomes
  • What effective communication between members of a healthcare team looks like
  • How to communicate effectively with patients
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Talia’s Voice supports research in the following areas:

  • Evidence-based research into effective communication strategies in medical settings
  • Evidence-based research on how best to teach effective listening and communication skills in medical settings
  • Curriculum development
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Our focus is on:

  • Telling Talia’s story
  • Networking to bring together and draw on the work of those in the field of patient safety
  • Curriculum that teaches effective communication
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Talia’s Story

Delightful, bubbly, creative, and athletic, Talia Goldenberg died at age 23 because her doctors, nurses, and support staff, all failed to listen when Talia, her physician father, and her mother repeatedly told them that Talia couldn’t breathe.  For 20 hours, each member of Talia’s healthcare team dismissed or ignored Talia’s symptoms and pleas for help. Had any one of them listened and acted on her behalf, Talia would be alive today.


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Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Giving Talia a Voice

Talia’s parents, Dr. Jeff Goldenberg and Naomi Kirtner, have a powerful story to share. As founders of Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety, they are agents for change, telling Talia’s story in hospitals, medical and nursing schools, health management programs—anywhere that healthcare workers and patients intersect. They tailor their talks to the group to whom they are speaking and are comfortable with large and small audiences. If you work at, or are an administrator in, a hospital or medical educational setting, please contact us. The impact of Talia’s story will be lasting.


“There is a buzz in the house from your visit.” — Jon Friedenberg, COO, Marin General Hospital


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News & Updates

What We're Doing and Thinking

Patient Safety Awareness Week March 2018

Mar 14, 2018

Staying Strong  – Using Your Voice This week is National Patient Safety Week, March 11 – 18. Although we lost our daughter, Talia —an EDS zebra—due to reckless and negligent care, We find it difficult to feel cheerful about this kind of national awareness...


Mike Baker Wins Prestigious 2018 Selden Ring Award

Feb 12, 2018

Our daughter, Talia, has been in the news twice in the last two days—first in the Seattle Times on a follow-up article by Mike Baker about our work here at Talia’s Voice, and today because he and fellow journalist Justin Mayo won the prestigious Selden Ring Award for...


Talia’s Voice in the News

Feb 12, 2018

On February 11, 2018, the annivesary of Talia’s airway occlusion and coma, Mike Baker of the Seattle Times published a story about the work we are doing here at Talia’s Voice. As Jeff and I relive the awful details in “real time” through flashbacks to 2014, we are...

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