Alicia Cole

Alicia Cole

Nationally Recognized Health Educator and Patient Safety Consultant
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Many healthcare professionals speak on the importance of patient safety, evidence-based best practices, and patient-centered care. None speak from the unique first-person Survivor perspective as does Alicia Cole. Alicia’s two month hospitalization, six additional surgeries, near amputation of her leg and the resulting seven years of aftercare and rehabilitation have certified Alicia as a true ‘Patient Voice.’ Her multimedia presentations include issues ranging from transparency and accountability to patient and family engagement. Today Alicia shares her story with healthcare professionals and medical students everywhere. Her incredible journey has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The Doctors and Fox News. She has been the profiled in HEALTH Magazine, Consumer Reports and the LA Times among others. From the depths of her healthcare tragedy, Alicia has risen like a Phoenix to become a tireless advocate for patient safety.


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Alicia Cole is a nationally-recognized Public Speaker, Health Educator and Patient Safety Consultant. After surviving near fatal Sepsis and Necrotizing Fasciitis, following routine fibroid removal, Alicia co-sponsored and lobbied successfully for passage of two California laws for Infection Prevention Education and Public Reporting of hospital infection rates. She serves on the Education and Awareness Sub-committees of the California Department of Public Health's Hospital-Acquired Infection Advisory Committee and the Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group.

Alicia was recognized by the Caregiver Action Network as one of the nation's “25 Best Practices in Patient and Family Engagement.”

Nationally, she has collaborated with the Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the National Quality Forum. She Co-leads the Partnership for Patients, Vulnerable Patient Populations Working Group and serves on the Global Patient & Family Advisory Board of the respected Beryl Institute.

Alicia's incredible journey of survival and her dedication to saving others has been Featured on ABC’s 20/20, The Doctors, Ask Dr. Nandi, CBS and Fox News. She has also been profiled in HEALTH Magazine, Consumer Reports, HealthLeaders Media and the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to her inspiring and motivational Keynotes for women, students and patients, Alicia has received acclaim for her multimedia presentations and interactive workshops before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's National QualityNet Forum, the World Health Care Congress, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Quality Forum, the Cleveland Clinic, Milbank Memorial Fund, The LeapFrog Group, and professional associations like AORN & APIC and so many more.

  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management & Leadership, UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA Extension
  • Co-Lead Vulnerable Patient Populations Working Group, Partnership for Patients
  • Patient & Family Advisory Counsel, The Beryl Institute
  • Senior Advisor, Patient Voice Institute
  • Co-Sponsored and lobbied for passage of SB 158 and SB 1058 “Nile’s Law”
  • Member of the California HAI Advisory Committee
  • Member Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group (WIPAG)
  • Patient Activist, Consumers Union Safe Patient Project
  • California Safe Patient Network
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    Alicia is one of the best speakers that we have ever brought to our organization. She delivers a very meaningful message and clearly gets her story across. We are very grateful to have had her at our event.
    --Mohawk Valley Health System

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