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"Knowledge isn't Power.  We get our Power only from ACTING on that Knowledge!" – Ellen Menard

Ellen Menard RN BSN MBA has devoted her life to patients and their caregivers.  In her 30 year career, she served in four leading healthcare organizations from 200 employees to 2,000!  She has served as a Senior Corporate Healthcare Executive, Chief People Officer for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness, Hospital Administer, and Senior Nurse Executive.  Ellen has been named an HR practice leader and was selected SHRM'S first ever "Strategic Workplace Innovation" Award. 

One of the nation's leading Health Care, HR and Patient Advocacy Experts, the Author, Writer and Commentator Ellen Menard has redefined contemporary "Patient Advocacy" as an important NEW health care imperative about which all of us should be aware. And FAST!  Menard shows and guides audiences HOW to deal effectively with the precipice between health care provision and the abyss of serious injury-causing health care errors, occurring at a pace of more than 100,000 patient fatalities every year. This means at least 1 million patient lives have been lost to preventable errors this past decade, alone.

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"Ellen Menard nails the active ingredient in building empowering partnerships between patients and the doctors and nurses who care for them – assertively being an active participant and partner of one's plan of care. She shows in concrete, step by step fashion how to take the simple but essential steps required to become an active partner with your caregivers. This is truly the best blueprint I have seen to regaining control of your life when serious illness strikes.”

- J. Knox Singleton
CEO & Board of Directors, Inova Health Systems, Falls Church, VA

"There is a tremendous gap between how patients and doctors think.  The NSPA is a great resource to help bridge that gap and help patients become true partners in their own care, minimize medical errors and even lower their medical bills.  I was surprised and delighted to read how insightful Ellen Menard is and I strongly recommend this book to patients, which we ALL are, were or will be, one day.”

- Ann M. Hester MD, Board ,
Certified, Internal Medicine.

"Ellen Menard is a 'one of a kind.' Not only does she have many years of senior management and HR executive experience, many extraordinary accomplishments, but she also is a warm and giving person to those in need. Her knowledge and erudition, along with her enthusiasm and humor, when she speaks to groups- large and small, are truly singular in my experience. If I tell you that Ellen's presentation leaves not a dry eye in the house, you can believe me when I also tell you it is because her empathy and compassion shine through and touches all who have been fortunate enough to hear her speak."

- Jo Moyer,
Lee, Hecht, Harrison.

"Ellen Menard's book The Not So Patient Advocate shares insightful do's and don'ts for how to be diplomatically assertive to receive the quality of medical care you want, need and deserve. Ellen's unique "trifecta" of experience as a former healthcare executive, MBA and patient give this book a welcome realistic approach. After reading just a few pages, you'll understand why Ellen was asked to speak at the Worldwide Healthcare Congress and why she won the Society of Human Resource Management's first ever Strategic Business Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of Human Resources."

- Sam Horn, Vice President,
noted author, lecturer and former Executive Director of the world-renowned Maui Writer's Conference