Actor / Patient Safety Advocate
With over 30 years of professional acting experience, Dennis Quaid has established himself as a fixture on the silver screen. He has received honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, Independent Spirit Awards, the Emmys, and the Screen Actor’s Guild. His emotional role in Far from Heaven, as a closet homosexual in 1950s New York, was lauded by critics and earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In 2005 Quaid’s impressive career yielded him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read More >
A medication error changed the lives of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly. Twice over an eight-hour period, their newborn twins received 1,000 times the recommended concentration of the blood thinner heparin. Quaid has since become an active advocate for patient safety and integrity in healthcare. His children recovered and are now at home, thriving. But the error led the Quaids to launch a foundation devoted to improving patient safety and reducing medication errors. He speaks about this frightening experience and what good he and his wife hope will come of it.