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The Empowered Patient Coalition is a consumer and advocate-led effort to inform, engage and empower the public to assume a greater role in their own medical treatment and in becoming a driving force for meaningful health care reform. The coalition is a California non-profit organization and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as determined by the IRS.
The coalition's mission is furthered by advocates Julia and John Hallisy who experienced the great loss of a child and now has a clear vision of a health care system that is safe, effective, transparent and patient-centered.
Our goal is to partner with individuals, other advocates and consumer organizations to give the public a stronger voice in all health decisions. We strive to enable a new level of collaboration by facilitating the sharing of ideas and resources among all coalition members and participants and encourage the formation of powerful partnerships within the group that will lead to policy changes and quality health care for all.
Our patient safety journey has always been inspired by the strength and wisdom of our late daughter, Katherine Eileen. Kate taught us to search for our happiness, to choose to see the good in people, and to treasure every small kindness, every tender mercy – because there were many. Because of Kate, we lived with everyday miracles and her short, but glorious life always led us to the pinnacles of happiness that sustained us. It was a joy to see the world through Kate’s view and even when her spirit was dampened by debilitating illness, she never let her own pain or sense of fear make her immune to the suffering of others.
Julia Hallisy’s second child, Katherine Eileen, was diagnosed at five months of age with bilateral retinoblastoma. Dealing with her daughter’s life-threatening illness, the many recurrences of cancer, the subsequent treatments for the malignant and aggressive tumors, and Kate’s experiences with misdiagnosis and hospital-acquired infections marked the beginning of a 20-year involvement in our healthcare system as an advocate for patients.
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