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Mother and daughter writing team Janet and Laura Greenwald have been helming The Next of Kin Education Project since 2002.  NOKEP began after Janís mother Elaine died at the hands of a Chicago hospital due to massive negligence. To them the worst part was, that the hospital failed to notify them that Elaine had even been hospitalized for days.    

By the time they were notified, they couldnít get to her in time and Elaine died unnecessarily and alone.  After finding out there were no laws in Illinois or California that made next of kin notification mandatory, duo authored and enacted three pieces of healthcare legislation in both states.      

Laura and Jan later created the Seven Steps to Successful Notification System providing quick, easy next of kin notification for trauma patients in hospitals like Dallasí Methodist Medical Center.   

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