Stacy Hurt is a 20+ year award winning healthcare executive. She has worked cross-functionally in physician practice management and pharma across sales, marketing, training, operations, customer service, IT, and human resources. Along the way of building her career, Stacy also successfully navigated two devastating diagnoses: her younger son’s rare disease which renders him intellectually and developmentally disabled and requiring 24/7 care and her own survivorship of stage IV colorectal cancer. Stacy now serves as a global patient advocate and is a Patient Engagement Consultant representing patients as stakeholders in clinical decision making, policy formation, health IT user experience, and pharma/biotech drug development.
Stacy offers a unique problem-solving lens as both a leader and consumer of healthcare. She connects pharma/tech companies and health systems to their end users by sharing her first-hand personal perspective and strategic expertise. Stacy regularly speaks and advises on topics such as digital health, patient engagement, cancer support, resilience, patient centricity, health equity, invisible disabilities, and patient/caregiver experience. Ultimately, Stacy makes the business case for including a patient point of view with industry/clinicians and their customers.
Stacy’s mission is to raise awareness, accessibility, and inclusion of the patient voice and exemplify a positive, “keep it real” approach when confronting life’s big challenges. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Stacy was the DPHARM 2021 patient keynote speaker, is one of the 2022 Medika Life Top 50 Most Influential Voices of Healthcare, a #TelemedNow key opinion leader for telehealth continuance, a member of the Patient Engagement Committee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and a board member of Digital Salutem. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two sons.
In any word association exercise, the word cancer is most often linked with death. Maybe two percent of outliers would say “tumor” or “sick”, but 98% of the time, when people hear the word “cancer,” they think “death.” I sure did when I heard the words “You have cancer” in 2014. I was a few […]
After all of the groundbreaking work done by Dave deBronkart dating back to 2009, including his e-book, I don’t know why this is still an issue. Several guides on compensating patients for our expertise such as the Patients Included charter and Patient Partner Compensation guide are out there for public consumption. However, numerous miscommunications continue […]