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


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
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldrige Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on TwitterExternal Link and FacebookExternal Link.


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