Empowering Patients, One Community at a Time

About Professionals for Patient Safety
Professionals for Patient Safety are members of the health care

workforce (current or retired), patient advocates and people who care for others as caregivers,who want to empower patients and their families to navigate the healthcare system for safe, quality care.

As a PPS member you will use your  knowledge to educate

members of the public about patient safety and best practices. You

will help them learn to navigate the healthcare system to achieve the

best possible outcomes. Meetings of like-minded individuals explore

concerns, real stories and solutions to empower patients. If you care

about patients, and want to talk about and learn more about patient

safety, you want to join us and participate. For meeting times and information call (516) 579-4711.

To invite a speaker on any number of patient safety topics including medication safety, health literacy, hospital acquired infections communication and much more, call or e-mail  Please call: (516) 579-4711 to learn more and find out about our next meeting on Long Island.

Individual speakers, workshops, round table discussions and symposiums are available on a variety of topics.

Contact Pulse CPSEA to arrange a professional speaker to come to your community or to present to your organization or if you would like to come to the next meeting to present to the PPS.



Marissa Abram, PMHNP-BC CASAC
Marissa Abram is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Phoenix House providing and coordinating care for chemically addicted mentally ill patients. While obtaining her Masters degree in Mental Health Nursing, Mrs. Abram worked as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Trauma Surgery Unit at Stony Brook Hospital.

In 2013, she returned to Adelphi University to obtain her PhD. Her research interests continue to be patient-centered and examining the gaps that exist in the delivery of quality care. Mrs. Abram also serves on the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuses services Nurses Advisory Panel and is a board member of PULSE of NY.

Ilene Corina
Ilene Corina is the founder and president of PULSE of NY, now called Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy and has been a patient safety educator since 1996. She was selected by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety,” and Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” She received a full scholarship to the American Hospital Association / National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety year-long Leadership Training. She is a board member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, The Joint Commission and Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare. Ms. Corina has won numerous awards for her work and is a nationally recognized patient safety advocate. She spearheaded the first patient safety advocacy training and has developed patient safety curricula for community members and medical professionals. Learn more at 

Leslie Farrington, MD
Dr. Farrington is a practicing gynecologist on Long Island. After teaching and practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology for 20 years, Dr. Farrington started a solo practice of Office Gynecology and Well Woman Care in 2009. Dr. Farrington was involved in the planning and participation of the PULSE Patient Safety Health Fair for Patient Safety Awareness Week in March 2006. She was active in developing the curriculum for the Family Centered Patient Advocacy Training and has co-presented numerous patient advocate training workshops. Dr. Farrington is presently training in Compassionate Communication and was honored for her patient empowerment programs by Soroptimist, Long Island.

Dr. Farrington’s personal experience in her own family has fueled her interest in making a contribution to ongoing efforts of PULSE

Andrea Goldstein, RN, MS
Since 1994 Andrea Goldstein has served as Vice President, Medicare/Federal Healthcare Assessment of IPRO (the Quality Improvement Organization for New York). She is responsible for the overall management of IPRO’s fee for service Medicare and Federal case review activities, including complaints and notice of non-coverage appeals. Ms. Goldstein has been successfully directing consumer protection and education activities for over 30 years. She is a board member of PULSE of NY.

Beverly R. James, RN, BSN
Ms. James has been a public health nurse for more than 30 years. She received her education at Adelphi University and continued her education as a counselor in psychiatry and as a nurse practitioner. Ms. James founded Long Island Care at Home, a licensed home care agency with two Long Island locations. She is an original member of the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau, a trained patient safety advocate, and a board member of PULSE of NY

Eva O’Brien, RN
Ms. O’Brien has been a NY State Licensed Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She has worked in many areas of nursing such as critical care, case management, home care, managed long term care insurance, nursing homes and hospice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is a certified case manager. Ms. O’Brien is a trained patient safety advocate and she has her own company called Adept Care Consulting, specializing in organizing medical information.

Clemencia Solorzano, PharmD
Clemencia Solorzano received her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Long Island University in 1990, completed a general Pharmacy Practice Residency in 1991 and earned her Doctorate degree from the University of Florida in 2010. She has worked primarily in hospital pharmacy with experiences in oncology and emergency medicine. She currently manages the Investigational Drug Service at a major Medical Center and maintains a weekly clinic practice in an anticoagulation clinic. Dr. Solorzano also teaches pharmacology to Nurse Practitioners at the College of New Rochelle and is a board member of Mentors in Medicine, Inc.

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