The life mission of Lee Tomlinson – also known as “Patient Lee” -- is to inspire healthcare professionals to return compassionate care to its rightful place at the forefront of modern healthcare - to benefit patients, their families; and they’re often suffering, “burned-out” selves.
Award-winning television producer, movie studio executive and owner, former professional athlete, speaker and TED Talk presenter, “Patient Lee” is alive today due to the combination of a lifetime of extraordinarily effective medical treatment and deeply kind, compassionate care.
During a battle with Stage 3+ cancer, “Patient Lee” became painfully aware of the trauma caused by treatment lacking in compassion that drove him to the darkest of depths. What saved him from suicide was a simple, yet powerful act of compassion delivered by a loving doctor and friend.
With new purpose, “Patient Lee” created the Compassion Heals Movement, which is designed to reconnect America’s 20 million healthcare professionals with the compassion that got them into healthcare in the first place. Then deal with the “burn-out” that affects over 60% of these vital caretakers, rendering them unable to provide compassion to their patients, themselves, or anyone else. Once healed of their own distress, to reignite these dedicated professionals.
Lee has told his story on more than 200 stages around the world, wearing nothing but a hospital gown. Presented with his unique mixture of humor, compassion, urgency, encouragement, “Patient Lee” is making a difference in restoring compassion to healthcare.
Finding this mission wasn’t easy, which he discusses in his book Compassion Heals - From Self Care to Health Care. For more see: Leetomlinson.com
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