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Ironman triathlete Brian Boyle will relate story of his fight back after near-death accident

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DANVILLE, PA -- Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. His organs and pelvis were pulverized. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses or frantic parents, the 18-year-old heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” Miraculously Boyle (right) clawed his way back to the living and three years later crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman triathlon.

Since his hospital discharge, Boyle has been committed to making a positive impact on healthcare and will speak at Geisinger’s upcoming symposium, Enhancing Patient and Family-Centered Care through Learning, Discovery and Engagement on June 14 and 15 at the Hood Center for Health Research on the Geisinger Medical Center campus. The symposium, including the Open House, is open to the public at no charge.

A frequent television talk show guest, Boyle is a patient advocate, Ironman triathlete, volunteer Red Cross spokesman and the author of The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication and Compassion in the Hospital Room. He will sign copies of his book at an Open House on Tuesday, June 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. On, Wednesday, June 15 at 8 a.m., he will share the miraculous journey back from his horrific accident and how his hospital experience led him to his current role of patient care advocate and author.

David Feinberg, M.D., MBA, Geisinger president and CEO, will open the symposium by sharing, “Leadership’s vision for patient-centered, patient engaged care at Geisinger.” The Deputy Director of Patient Engagement for the Washington, D.C.-based Patient Engagement/ Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Suzanne Schrandt, J.D., will discuss “Why patient-centered care, patient-engaged research?”

Tuesday’s Open House provides attendees with the opportunity to test-drive cutting edge technology aimed at enhancing patient care in addition to refreshments, giveaways and a book signing.

Funded by a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award aimed at supporting the active integration of patient, stakeholder and research communities in the research process, the symposium will bring together health care professionals, administrators, researchers and patients to leverage innovation, new technologies and evidence-based best practice focused on improving the quality and value of patient care. PCORI is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010.

Parking is available in the lot across from the Hood Center.

To register for the Open House and/or the symposium, please call 570-214-2972.

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.