July 7, 2015
I am INCREDIBLY HONORED to be officially included in the “Walking Gallery of Healthcare” (which has representatives on five continents) by my receipt of Jacket 387, in Year 4 of its existence (as of June, 2015, there were 392 unique Jackets). The artist and healthcare advocate behind the Walking Gallery is the extraordinary Regina Holliday. I can’t explain her innovative concept better than her so below are some quotes of hers which I have lifted from her Medical Advocacy Blog:
“This is the fourth year of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare. We now number 357 members walking around the world with patient story paintings on our backs. There are 43 artists in the Gallery and all of them are listed at the bottom of this post.
An artist or artists will interview medical professionals and lay individuals to form a patient centric narrative. The artist will then create representational imagery and paint that picture story upon the business jacket of the provider of the narrative account. The provider of the patient story aka “Walker” will wear the jacket to medical conferences and events in order to disseminate the patient story to a large group of policy minded attendees and to represent the individual patient voice in venues where they are underrepresented. Further, both artist and walker will support the spread of the story and image via social media…. Its widening appeal within the health conference community is creating a new space for patients at such events.”
Bottom Line: Thanks to the extraordinary and innovative efforts of Regina Holliday, The Walking Gallery of Healthcare has helped give true meaning to the phrase, “Patient Centricity.”