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"What makes a difference to the wounded and sick? Yes, good medicine is amazing science and phenomenal minds working hard to cure. However, let us not forget the small things: a warm smile, an ice chip, a warm blanket, a cool washcloth. A pillow flipped to the other side and a boost in bed. Holding a fragile hand while sitting by the bed of the dying in the deep recess of night."
These words from a respiratory therapist beautifully capture an enduring truth, one made even more clear during the Covid-19 crisis. As patients face life-threatening sickness, and especially while isolated from family, the humanity and compassion extended by medical staff is the most profound gift of all. Yes, we rely on our medical team to make us well. But while our body can't always be "cured," our spirit can always feel healed.
After fifteen years of national policy work and advocacy on behalf of patients and families, my goal is to facilitate connections between people, opportunities and developments that embody this message in policy and practice.
Pat is a former broadcast journalist whose journey on behalf of patients began when her father died of complications from a hospital-acquired infection. She holds leadership positions at the national policy level, created a