Bill Clinton returns to Orange County to keynote patient safety conference

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Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in Laguna Niguel. The meeting brings together doctors, administrators and manufacturers to talk about reducing preventable deaths in hospitals.

Clinton – whose talk is about the Patient Safety Challenge – is no stranger to the speaking circuit. A CNN analysis last year found he had hauled in $89 million in speaking fees since leaving The White House.

The former president will be giving this speech for free, said Mike Drummond, spokesman for the Irvine-based Masimo Foundation, the lead sponsor of the conference.

“He's going to be here because he believes 200,000-plus preventable patient deaths in U.S. hospitals is about 200,000-plus too many,” Drummond wrote in an e-mail.

Clinton was last in Orange County in October, stumping for congressional candidates in Irvine.

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