Our Mission
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

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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Research

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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Speaking Out

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
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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

Reflections on Racism and Bias in Medicine

Jan 18, 2021

Talia’s sister, Raya, recently went through an ectopic pregnancy. For those who don’t know, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg fails to descend into the uterus and instead implants in the fallopian tube, where it is not and can never be a viable...

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Talia’s Voice During the 2020 Pandemic

Dec 1, 2020

“As a physician, I learned from caring for patients for years that when a loved one dies, it’s a tragedy; but when your loved one dies and you know that death could have been prevented, that’s a tragedy that haunts you forever.” Dr. Howard Koh, former Assistant Public...

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Swedish Donuts

Jan 30, 2020

During Talia’s competitive soccer days, one nemesis was a team named the Strikers. But today we lined Talia up with, instead of against, the Strikers. Nurses from Swedish Hospital—where Talia died—are on strike to get Safe Staffing, to put Patients Before Profits, and...

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