LK 306Masterclass on Hospital Quality
Ever since he covered the demise of a safety net hospital in Los Angeles County, ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein has been a vocal proponent of transparency about hospital quality. He has subsequently discovered huge failings in the nation's organ transplant centers and huge lapses in the oversight of nurses. In this master course, he will discuss why this topic is so important, how to check the quality of local hospitals and what the government and accrediting groups can be doing to better protect the public.
Charles Ornstein is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and senior reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization in New York.
Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.
In collaboration with Tracy Weber, Ornstein was a lead reporter on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times titled "The Troubles at King/Drew" hospital that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service in 2005. His ProPublica series, with Tracy Weber, "When Caregivers Harm: California's Unwatched Nurses" was a finalist for a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Ornstein reported for the Times starting in 2001, in the last five years largely in partnership with Weber. Earlier, Ornstein spent five years as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. He is a past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a former Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow.