Carrie Ford, neuroscience technologist at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, has been inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare Corporation's highest honor for employees.
Ford partnered with Kerri Kasem, daughter of famed disc-jockey Casey Kasem, to help prevent abuse and isolation of elderly patients in Alabama. When Casey Kasem's story of elder abuse was publicized, it captured Ford's attention because her father faced the same circumstances.
When Ford learned that Kerri Kasem was working to pass visitation legislation in every state, she contacted Kasem and began working towards passing this legislation in Alabama. She gained support through an online petition, and subsequently authored and lobbied for the passing of the Robert G. Ford Casey Kasem Visitation Act, which gives individuals the right to visit family members who are involuntarily isolated, and requires that relatives be notified when a loved one is admitted to the hospital or moved to another facility.