E-Patient Dave Joins Community Meeting to Discuss Boothbay Region Health Center

E-Patient Dave (Dave deBronkart) will make a return appearance to the Boothbay Region on Thursday evening, March 19th. Dave is coming to learn more about, and to support the creation of, a patient-designed, community-governed, integrated primary care/mental health/behavioral health center on the Boothbay peninsula.


The BRHC Community Meeting will take place at the Boothbay Fire House. The free public forum will begin at 5:30 pm with a potluck supper. The program will begin at 6:15 p.m. and end by 7:30 p.m.

Dave deBronkart: ePatient Dave

Dave deBronkart: ePatient Dave

Dave deBronkart is a world-recognized expert in patient engagement and patient empowerment. He is serving as this year’s Visiting Professor for the Mayo Clinic. Dave will kick off the conversation starting at 6:15 pm. He’ll describe the ways in which patients are taking more control over their healthcare all around the world. He’ll be joined by Wellness Foundation President, Patty Seybold, who will describe to Dave (and the community) the results from the community visioning and co-design sessions that the Wellness Foundation conducted in 2014, which have helped to provide input for the design of the proposed Boothbay Region Health Center.

Patty Seybold reviewing a customer team's priorities

Patty Seybold reviewing a customer team’s priorities

Jerry Homer, a Director of Boothbay Region Health Care, Inc., will then describe the current plans for BRHC and solicit feedback from the community.

Jerry Homer

Jerry Homer

Also presenting will be Gissela Paz, RN from New England Telemedicine, who will describe the types of visiting specialists her firm is able to provide, and solicit input from community members about what kinds of specialists they’d like to be able to consult with right here on the Boothbay peninsula.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions, provide input and give feedback about the proposed Boothbay Region Health Center.

Dave deBronkart spoke in Boothbay Harbor in July, 2014.

Dave deBronkart spoke in Boothbay Harbor in July, 2014.


Dave deBronkart spoke to our community on July 17th, 2014  about how becoming an “empowered patient” literally saved his life, after being diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer. Dave did his own online research, found a little-known, new treatment from an online forum in which other kidney cancer patients and survivors were discussing their options. At his presentation on July 17th, Dave provided many examples about how patients, in collaboration with their physicians, were moving from being disengaged patients to becoming actively engaged in their own health and wellness. Dave explains that a “disengaged patient treats healthcare like a carwash: rolls up the windows and gets stuff sprayed on him” while an “engaged patient listens, responds, asks questions, thinks for herself, and acts.”

Jerry Homer, BRHC Director, firmly believes that the year round and seasonal residents of the Boothbay peninsula are more than ready to take charge of their own health and wellness for their own benefit and that of the community.

Please join us on Thursday, March 19th at the Boothbay Fire House. Potluck begins at 5:30 pm; Discussion begins at 6:15 pm. 

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