Each year in this country, roughly 200,000 people die and another 2 million fall victim to preventable medical errors during their stay in the hospital. These numbers make preventable medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States, and they cost the healthcare system billions of dollars each year. Our foundation is dedicated to empowering patients and their families to become active participants in their own care, working together with healthcare providers to ensure the best possible outcomes. We firmly believe that patient engagement is key to reducing medical errors and improving overall patient safety.
About the Foundation
The Mission of the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation is to help prevent medical errors by ensuring patients and families have the KNOWLEDGE they need to promote a safe hospital experience for their loved ones, and to support innovative advancements in patient safety. Our greatest hope is that families, patients, and caregivers will work together as a TEAM to improve safety in our hospitals.
Louise Batz was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Her boundless love surrounded her immediate and extended family. This same quality extended to all of her friends and friends of friends. Louise was always there for everyone. On April 14, 2009, Louise went to have knee replacement surgery. On April 26, she tragically lost her life during her stay at the hospital due to complications from medical errors. Please click here to view a copy of the Eulogy read for Louise.
In Louise’s memory, the Batz Family has established the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation.
Who Do We Serve?
The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation serves men, women, and children of all ages in the United States. The Fund serves anyone who plans to receive or has a loved one planning to receive medical treatment in the United States.
Louise Batz and her family have called San Antonio, Texas home since the late 1800’s. San Antonio has a rich culture of Mexican traditions and influence. Louise adored wearing traditional Oaxacan Mexican dresses which are filled with colorful embroidered flowers. The purple flower and colorful vines used for the Funds’ logo came off of one of my mom’s dresses. The flower serves as a symbol of love, happiness and joy, everything that Louise was and will be.