Mary Ellen Mannix, MRPE
Mary Ellen Mannix, MRPE, is a lifelong Early Childhood Educator dedicated to children’s healthy development in schools, communities, and the health care system. She currently serves as Health Consultant to the state’s Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships. She has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education combined with over ten years as an advocate in patient safety. She recently served as Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s first Healthy Early Childhood Coordinator; has led a statewide initiative on developmental screening with Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children; and served as an advocate with Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children and Pre-K for PA. Her service to patients and their safe care has included serving on the Patient Safety Authority’s Patient’s Voice Advisory, the inaugural board of the Newborn Coalition, co-founder of EngagedPatients.org, a PCORI panel member on obstetric issues, pediatric community board representative for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, an early member of Mothers Against Medical Errors (MAME). She has led numerous workshops and presentations on the prevention of medical errors from the patient and family perspective. Mary Ellen has effectively collaborated with clinicians to author multiple published articles (i.e., Clinical Guidelines on Tonsillectomy in Pediatrics, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2011), textbook chapters on patient safety and created curriculum for continuing medical education and university courses. Her book “Split the Baby: One Child’s Journey through Medicine and Law” which chronicles the medical error experiences of her infant son, James, is given away freely to medical, nursing and law students. Ms. Mannix was appointed to the Board by the Governor to fill the position of a Commonwealth resident non-health care worker pursuant to MCARE Act Section 303(b)(7).