Patient Advocate Lauren Lollini Recognized by Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
CTLA’s Consumer Protection Award acknowledges an individual, group or organization, which has proposed legislation, fought a legal battle or stood up for consumer rights in an extraordinary fashion.
Lollini is a mother living in Denver as a licensed therapist and co-owner of Open Sky Wilderness Therapy.
Shortly after a Hepatitis C diagnosis, she became a patient safety advocate. In February 2009, Lollini had a routine surgery at Rose Medical Center where Kristen Parker, a surgical technician, had been diverting drugs such as fentanyl from operating rooms and spreading Hepatitis C to patients. Suddenly, Lollini’s disease had a source.
The Denver Post, Westword and local news stations featured Lollini’s story. Through this media attention as the face of Parker’s victims, she started working with national and local Hepatitis C organizations. She secured a meeting with Congresswoman Diana DeGette to speak about possible congressional hearings and met with local legislators regarding crucial legislation to increase testing and education for Hepatitis B and C. She was also integral in helping to pass two Colorado bills which would require better systems in hiring and reporting drug diversions and other medical misuses.
Last October, Lollini participated in a patient advocacy day sponsored by the American Association of Justice in Washington, D.C.
“Lauren is a brave woman who has selflessly put herself out there to protect others,” said Natalie Brown, president of the CTLA. “She is a true hero.”
The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association is comprised of Colorado trial lawyers who are committed to the protection and advancement of individual rights and to the advancement of trial advocacy skills, high ethical standards and professionalism in the ongoing effort to preserve and improve the American system of jurisprudence.
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