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. 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 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 Leadership Team
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 practiced as a healthcare consultant, and is also currently a practicing medical librarian focusing on consumer health information librarianship. 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's passion is educating patients about their rights and empowering patients to be better consumers of the healthcare delivery system.
Bob discusses patient rights with media personality Kearni Warren (2014).
Near the end of his surgical career, cut short by recurrent injuries to his dominant hand, Dr. Trainor’s brother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Dr. Trainor witnessed, first-hand, the short comings of our health care system particularly as it pertains to respect for human dignity and patient autonomy. His brother’s last words to him the morning of his passing were; “I’m not ready to die”. It was then that he decided to further his education and enrolled in Drexel Universities innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice program and concurrently matriculated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s in Bioethics course of study.
James Trainor, DrNP is a bioethicist, a nursing leader, and a patient advocate. Dr. Trainor graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with his undergraduate Nursing Degree in 1992 with honors. Early on in his professional career, Dr. Trainor enjoyed much success as a member of the orthopedic, neurologic, and spinal surgery teams at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He desired further career advancement and obtained certification and training as a Registered Nurse First Assistant in Surgery (RNFA).
As an RNFA, Dr. Trainor worked alongside several world-renowned joint replacement surgeons. He was also appointed as Joint Replacement Team Leader and Clinical Staff Supervisor of the Rothman Institute, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Dr. Trainor was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively, across the United States and abroad, aiding in the instruction of operating room techniques and procedural efficiencies.