The keynote speaker for the 2017 Quality and Safety Conference is Blake Haxton. Blake contracted necrotizing fasciitis in March 2009 during his senior year of high school. As a result of the infection Blake suffered heart, lung, kidney, and liver failure and also lost both legs to the disease. After spending three months at The Ohio State University (OSU) Medical Center, Blake spent the summer at home recovering and enrolled in OSU in the fall of 2009. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Finance he went on to the OSU’s Moritz College of Law and began rowing again, a sport he had competed in throughout high school.
Blake represented the United States in the Men’s Arms and Shoulders single scull at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships as part of the U.S. Team. After earning his JD in 2016, Blake made the U.S. Paralympic Team and competed in Rio, coming in 4th place. Blake is an investment analyst at Diamond Hill Capital Management in Columbus, OH, and is training for the 2020 Paralympic games.