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Stacy Hurt is The Global Patient Advocate

Stacy Hurt is on a mission is to raise awareness, accessibility, and inclusion for the patient voice and exemplify a positive, “keep it real” approach when confronting life’s “ultimate “big challenges. It is with great pleasure that Medika Life adds her profile to our noteable Healthcare Influencers and Emerging Voices in Health. For inspiration, sheer determination and an indomitable will, patients couldn’t wish for a better advocate and we are genuinely in awe.

About Stacy

Stacy Hurt dedicated 20+ years to healthcare and physician practice management in such areas as sales, marketing, training, operations, customer service, and human resources.  Her personal and professional experience on the care delivery side has been a unique advantage to Stacy as caregiver for her intellectually and developmentally disabled son and as a stage IV colorectal cancer patient/survivor navigating the health system. 

Stacy has volunteered for The Colon Club, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Colon Cancer Foundation, Colon Cancer Coalition, Fight Colorectal Cancer, American Cancer Society, UPMC, Lyfebulb, and Clara Health. Her viral story of a “random act of kindness” from a Southwest Airlines employee was featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, The Today Show, Inside Edition, Fox News, Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, and other major news outlets around the world.

Stacy is a voice for placing patients in the conversation and decision-making when it comes to medical decisions with life-changing impacts.  As a Patient Consultant, Stacy connects pharma/tech companies and health systems to their end-users by sharing her first-hand personal perspective and strategic expertise.  Her areas of focus are digital health, patient engagement, cancer survivorship, resilience, patient centricity, invisible disabilities, and the patient/caregiver experience.

She 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 is a certified personal fitness trainer, member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, member of the #TelemedNow thought leader group, member of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, a HIMSS “Digital Influencer”, and has recently been appointed to the board of Digatel Salutem

She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two sons.

Consulting and Public Speaking

Stacy’s opinion is highly valued in her fields of expertise and she enjoys the support of many leaders within the field of digital health and patient care, including the likes of Gil Bashe, Health Chair at FINN Partners, Dwight French, Healthcare Lead at Red Hat Technologies and Heather Tomlinson, Director of Clinical Diagnostics at Promega Corporation.

Stacy is available for speaking engagements. She is a member of the National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) Speakers Bureau and her voice is sought after by support and patient advocacy groups. In her own words;

If you are looking for a real life comeback story delivered with energy and emotion (sprinkled with humor), then book me for your next event. Despite my fear and grief, I have found a way to defy all odds…for my family and myself. Listen to my story and know that you too can find what it takes to keep going, no matter what obstacles you may face. Or request one of my three popular talks: “Large Shoe Empathy”, “You Lead By How You Live”, or “Give It All You Got” (sports themed).

Ninth Annual Coaches vs. Cancer event to benefit American Cancer Society

If you’re concerned that your business, practice or health based applications may not be patient-centric, or you may simply want confirmation that you’ve hit that patient care sweet spot, then look no further than Stacy. She is uniquely qualified to advise your business, from both perspectives, the patient experience and the industry’s view. She can bridge the gap between your team and your customers through implementing patient focused solutions.

If you’d like to take your patient engagement to the next level, Stacy’s input will be invaluable.

Connecting with Stacy

If you’d like to reach out to Stacy, engage her services, or connect with here professionally, you can do so via the links provided below.

Wondering why Medika does this?

We believe that technology-driven innovation and patient-centric solutions can offer the industry a clear route to universal healthcare within the next decade. To this end, we seek to actively amplify the voices of industry professionals who are socially active and engaged in seeking solutions to the existing obstacles faced by the industry.
Innovators, disruptors, and advocates for patient-centered, equitable, and accessible care. Voices that offer real workable solutions or endevor to highlight systemic failures. Expanded networks are empowered networks. Change is coming!

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