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By Andrea Swayne

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at a healthcare industry summit at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point Monday.

According to event organizers—Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare—the Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit was a two-day gathering of healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, hospital and government officials and aimed at improving patient safety and reducing cost of care in U.S. hospitals.

The summit began Sunday, January 13 with a full day of speakers and continued January 14 with a day of talks and panel discussions, including Clinton’s “Patient Safety Challenge” speech at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets to the sold out event went for $500 per person.

Since more than 200,000 patients die of preventable causes in the country’s hospitals annually, the summit focused on three challenges within the industry’s power to solve now—preventable post-operative complications, medical errors and the overuse of red blood cell transfusions.

More information can be found on the event website at

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