Precious McCowan, a patient advocate living with end stage renal disease, shares her health care journey and how she’s making sure the patient voice is being heard.
Patrick Gee’s longtime struggle with diabetes and kidney disease underscores how important it is for patients to be actively involved in their health management.
In honor of their son, Nile, who lost his life to a bacterial infection, Ty and Carole Moss established a coalition of friends, entertainers and advocacy organizations to end unnecessary deaths from health care-associated infections.
Two individuals living with diabetes in Pennsylvania find love and peer support at an Everyone with Diabetes Counts education class.
Read how one family’s diabetes education helped transform their health and motivated them to spread knowledge and healthy eating practices.
Learn how CMS’ Everyone with Diabetes Counts program helped one Medicare beneficiary take charge of his health before it was too late.
From his motorized wheel chair, Bill Turley waves to friends along the hallways at the Villages of Southern Hills, a long-term care facility and his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Family pictures and musical instruments adorn his room there. He talks about his love for music and his respect for the English program at Oklahoma State University, his alma mater. He serves as the president of the Villages resident council. He enjoys writing and Internet surfing, he plays multiple musical instruments, and he rides an oversized trike in the courtyard of the home.
Lakewood Health System Care Center took a different approach to developing long-term care plans by working directly with residents and families.
Fende Bokossah, R.N., credits the Adventist HealthCare project for helping her become a better patient educator and improve her own health.
A vibrant 72-year-old woman’s life was changed after a scheduled hip replacement surgery did not go as planned.
In Sacramento, California, HSAG's eight-week blood pressure reduction program enabled patients to improve their health and to become more active participants in their care.
Charles Pascale, a 67-year-old resident of East Brunswick, N.J., was diagnosed with diabetes in the early 1990s. In 2005, he underwent bypass surgery and was re-hospitalized six times in 2010 and two times in 2011 and 2012. After many tests and procedures, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, End Stage Renal Disease, mild stroke, various gastrointestinal issues and an irregular heartbeat. Mr. Pascale endured several amputations and continues to receive dialysis. Through it all, he has remained positive because of the collaboration he has witnessed among his health care providers, as well as his own integration into the care team. This is his story.
At a Salt Lake City, Utah-based Learning and Action Network event organized by HealthInsight, the Quality Improvement Organization for Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, mother and son team Vicki and Kevin Whiting shared with a crowd of more than 150 medical professionals their health care story. After a long journey and a mother finding the heart to use her voice, Kevin’s true diagnosis was discovered, and he received a surgical procedure that saved his life. The Whitings’ story exemplifies how listening is the heart and soul of patient-centered care.
Virna Elly, a patient with Type 1 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, tells how becoming her own spokeswoman led to a life of educating others with chronic conditions and inspiring them to leverage every available resource to create a healthier life. The roots of her work in patient advocacy are in her childhood.