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About The Power of the Patient Project

The Power of the Patient Project is a completely volunteer national initiative headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It has been designated by the National Library of Medicine as one of the only digital libraries in the country devoted exclusively to education and information on patient rights, The Project is anchored by its website. The website offers patients a comprehensive list of reliable sources for finding information on medical conditions and treatment options as well as an extensive library of video segments featuring prominent physicians, healthcare providers, and healthcare leaders discussing how to improve the patient experience. The website also features informational video segments on the current issues in the areas of patient rights and patient advocacy. In addition to the website, The Project offers an outreach program that provides live educational workshops to patient support groups as well as a personal research service where medical librarians will research questions for patients on medical conditions and treatment options and compile easy to understand articles that can be sent by mail or sent electronically. 

How It All Began ...

Work on creating The Power of the Patient Project, the National Library of Patient Rights and Advocacy, began in 2014 when a group of talented on-camera hosts, videographers, and segment producers spent the next three years, filming over 120 video interviews with some of the most prominent physicians and healthcare leaders in the country. This initial project was called Health and Wellness. In the spring of 2017, Bob Kieserman and a select group of his healthcare administration students at the Arcadia University School of Global Business, near Philadelphia, collaborated to expand the project and

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created the current website and introduced the community outreach efforts of the Project. The mission of the Project was to educate consumers about their patient rights, help patients become more proactive with healthcare decisions, and teach patients how to have a more interactive dialogue with their healthcare providers. Based on the Medical Library Association guidelines for providing consumer and patient health information, the goal of the Project has always remained to transform patients from healthcare accepters to better healthcare consumers and help foster a better relationship between patients and their healthcare providers.

In the summer of 2017, the students became the Founding Executive Advisory Board and Bob Kieserman assumed the role of the Project's volunteer executive director. In August of 2018, the Project was designated the National Library of Patient Rights and Advocacy, and is recognized by the National Library of Medicine.

 

 

Our Dedicated Volunteer Team

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Bob Kieserman is the Founding Executive Director of The Power of the Patient Project. Bob served as the Program Director of the Health Administration Program and was a member of the senior faculty at the Arcadia University School of Global Business for over 20 years. Throughout his 35 year career, Bob taught and mentored thousands of men and women preparing them for careers as physicians, nurses, rehab therapists, hospital administrators, nursing home administrators, and medical practice administrators. Throughout his impressive career, he also practiced as a  healthcare consultant, and continues to work within the Project as a consumer health librarian and medical sociologist. He earned his MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and his MLIS from the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Prior to joining Arcadia, Bob was the CEO of one of the country's leading continuing medical education companies for over 15 years, and prior to that served as Assistant to the Deans of the Temple University School of Medicine. He was also a Special Lecturer in Medical Practice Management at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, the Temple University School of Medicine, and the Howard University College of Medicine. Highly respected by both clinicians and administrators throughout the country, he is the author of four books on medical practice management and over 200 articles on the issues of healthcare management and patient rights. Bob is a member of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and, in recognition of his writing contributions, he was inducted as a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2020. Bob's passion is educating patients about their rights and empowering patients to be better consumers of the healthcare delivery system.

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Education and Outreach

Courtney Pokallus, Associate Director of Patient Outreach and Education

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Courtney Pokallus is a Healthcare Administration Major with a minor in Global Public Health at Arcadia University. She has also completed two seasons competitively swimming for Arcadia and has experience volunteering for multiple organizations including the One Project and her local public library. With a great interest in the healthcare system in the United States, Courtney is committed to advocating for patients rights as the Associate Director of Provider Outreach and Education at The Power of the Patient Project.

Media Production & Communications Team

Alexandra Beddall, Executive Producer

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Alexandra Beddall is a writer, producer, and media specialist with over 15 years of broadcasting experience. She holds a Master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a strong passion for documentary storytelling, culture, and history. In her spare time, Alexandra likes hiking, baking, and spending time with her family. Alexandra currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, dog, and cat. As Executive Producer, Alexandra oversees the production of our entire video content and is part of the senior management team helping to guide and expand our digital library.

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