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Elizabeth L. Bewley

Elizabeth L Bewley - photoElizabeth L. Bewley founded Pario Health Institute in 2008. Its mission is to transform health care's purpose to be: "to enable people to lead the lives they want." Health care is more typically structured as if its purpose is simply "to deliver tests and treatments."

In 2014 Bewley published When Health Care Hurts: Ten common assumptions that can derail your care and how to get back on track. In 2010 Bewley authored Killer Cure: Why health care is the second leading cause of death in America and how to ensure that it's not yours. Publishers Weekly declared Killer Cure "well written" and noted that it reflects "a genuine commitment to improving health care" and that it "offers excellent suggestions to patients."

Bewley writes a regular weekly column called "The Good Patient" for the Prescott, AZ Daily Courier. Current columns appear at the newspaper's web site; older columns appear here. Selected columns can be found in her 2013 book, Not Your Grandmother's Nursing Home: Demystifying today's retirement living options.

A twenty-year veteran of health care icon Johnson & Johnson, she has been recruited as both an advisor to and a speaker at national health policy conferences. In 1996 she wrote Solving America's Health Care Problems which predicted a number of trends nearly a decade before they started making headlines.

Bewley earned an MBA from Columbia and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Her unwavering commitment to patient advocacy is informed both by her extensive study and by her own health care experiences - including those related to a bicycle crash that occurred at 44 mph.

Readers' Comments

“I’d love to have this article available to families that may be in need of this information.” -- Executive at a continuing care community

“Your weekly column is very thought provoking and helps me to guide the RN Case Managers, Clinical Manager and physicians at the Center in caring for our patients by anticipating some of their questions before they need to ask them. On a personal level your column also helps me help my parents as they interact with their physicians and the team at the skilled nursing facility where my mother is now living. . . .I know in more than one case my father has said, ‘I never would have thought to ask…..’” – Director in a medical center.

"Great writing for today's paper. Keep up the good work. You are saying what needs to be said and giving a voice to those who don't know how to speak up." -- Reader

“I very much enjoyed reading your column today and look forward to seeing it weekly.” -- Reader

“Thank you for all you do to promote improvement in health care.” – Reader

"I do believe that if people pay attention to your column, they can save themselves much heartache." -- Reader

“I am writing to tell you how informative my husband and I find your columns to be. . . .In reading your latest column in Saturday's edition (‘Insist on data that will help you assess risks’) both my husband and I found it to be very helpful advice. You have provided the emphasis in your columns for our concentration to continue to preserve our health. Thank you for your advice and continuing goal to assist in maintaining good health for all your readers.” -- Reader

“Maybe your articles will open eyes, get people thinking, let people know that they can and must speak up. Your wellness, your life may depend on your voice. Good luck with all you are trying to do.” – Reader

“I wish I had read your article before my wife's recent series of hospital & nursing home stays. Even as a novice, it became quickly obvious to me that there was something missing from the health provider/patient relationship. . . .Your advice doesn't just apply to hospitals.” -- Reader

“I had to comment and encourage you regarding your article about docs calling the shots and your analogies. Good work and good luck.” -- Reader

"Thanks for your insightful articles. I look forward to your column every Sunday and always find something pertaining to me and helpful ... to the everyday person." -- Reader

“I have a folder and I cut your articles out of the newspaper and I keep them all.” -- Reader

“I give my newspaper to my neighbor, but I always cut out your article first.” – Reader

© 2011 Elizabeth L. Bewley