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Giving Voice to Patients

Treating Patients as Partners: A Journey to Better Outcomes

When you look at this piece of paper, what do you see? Most people would say a black dot. But as someone who has experienced a 14-year healthcare journey,I encourage you to take a closer look. Now what do you see? As healthcare transforms toward more patient-focused, it’s my hope that you will see the […]


Kim Blanton, Volunteer Patient Advisor, Vidant Health System Kim Blanton is a volunteer patient advisor at Vidant Health System, Greenville NC. After going into an anaphylactic shock during an angiograph in 2001, Kim has been a patient in five different hospitals in four different health systems.) Kim has used her experiences to help her health system improve. She serves on several committees and task forces for the Vidant System including its ACO Board of Managers and its flag ship hospital, Vidant Medical Center, National Quality Forum, North Carolina Institute of Medicine and North Carolina Hospital Association. Kim holds a Masters in Library Science and a Masters in Information Sciences. Kim believes in the mutually beneficial partnerships of patient-centered care and is a testimony to how it can improve a patient’s health and the healthcare system.

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Giving Voice to Patients

The Walking Gallery and Social Media

The other night I sat alone in my home office correcting some errors in a piece about my work. I am sure the reporter on the story thought she used the right word to describe The Walking Gallery. She called it a foundation. Now if by her word choice she meant a sturdy platform upon […]


Regina Holliday Regina Holliday is a Maryland-based patient rights arts advocate. Regina began painting a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. This advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care during 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization at 5 facilities. After his death resulting from kidney cancer on June 17, 2009, she began painting a mural entitled “73 cents." It depicts the Holliday family’s journey through the medical system. This painting became part of the national healthcare debate and was covered by news sources such as ABC, CBS, BBC and peer-reviewed journals such as the BMJ. Regina also paints on canvas at medical conferences throughout the U.S. She paints the concepts discussed and presents them through a patient’s view. In addition, she began a health advocacy movement called “The Walking Gallery.” The Gallery consists of a loose confederation of artists, medical providers, technicians and advocates who wear patient-centered care paintings on the backs of business suits.

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