Dignity Health in June



I was honored to speak at the Dignity Health workshop in Longbeach, California in June. I continue to be so very impressed by Dignity Health and their dedication to improving the patient experience. They put every single employee through some training, and they use my video as one of their tools. They also have a leadership summit about patient experience every year, and now they are doing regional workshops like the one I went to in June.

Their whole organization is centered around their vision for patient experience, and I admire that. I am planning to write a blog this week with my thoughts specifically on that. In the meantime, thank you to Dignity Health for having me, and keep up the good work!

Here are some other fun pictures from our trip We had to go to Hollywood and Beverly Hills too!

Me looking at the Hollywood sign (it seems so little in real life!0


My Hollywood dress purchase from the store where Anna works – Polka Dots and Moonbeams


Better shot of the Hollywood sign


The best steak dinner at Musso and Frank’s

My Cure JM BFF Anna


The Beverly Hills sign (had to do it)


Living the Beverly Hill Life


The hotel made me this for graduating!


Best invention EVER! A machine that dispenses yummy cupcakes 24 hours a day. Thanks Andrew for taking us there!


You might recognize this from Pretty Woman. It is the elevator in the hotel where Julia Roberts said, “Well color me happy, there’s a sofa in here for two!”

Christiana Care in January

So, I am a little behind on posting. 🙂 I realized that I never posted this page that Christiana Care put up after my talk there in January. I was honored to talk to the award winners at their Excellence Awards ceremony. It was really inspiring to see so many people coming up with creative ideas to make patient care safer, more efficient, cheaper, and less stressful. It is an impressive organization. Here is a link to their story.


Guest Blog on DrGreene.com

I was honored to be invited as a guest blogger on DrGreene.com. I met Dr. Greene and his wife Cheryl in February this year, and they really are big believers in patients! I love that Dr. Greene spoke so much about shared decision making and really trying to understand the pain that patients report. I will be writing two more blogs for them in the next few weeks.

This blog entry was meant to provide some perspective on what it is like to be a teenager with a chronic disease. I try to be as “normal” as possible, but it is really challenging to try to deal with all of the medical issues while still in high school. I hope that this blog can provide some perspective to those who see patients and can help other patients know that they aren’t the only ones who are struggling.

The blog post can be found here.

Being a Teenager with a Chronic Disease – DrGreene.com

I look forward to hearing other perspectives.