PRESS RELEASE: Patient Empowerment Network appoints Tracy Rode as Executive Director   

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APRIL 18, 2023

BOTHELL, WA. – Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tracy Rode as Executive Director.

Rode brings more than two decades of nonprofit leadership experience, including working with diverse patient populations to improve their health outcomes and increase access to care.

“We are thrilled to have Tracy join Patient Empowerment Network at a time when our wide range of educational and information programs span 18 different disease areas, reaching more people with cancer — and their caregivers — than ever before,” said Darla Brown, chair of PEN’s board of directors. “As a cancer survivor, Tracy understands how empowering knowledge can be for patients, and her broad experience and network will accelerate our impact to new levels.”

“I joined the Patient Empowerment Network because of the experienced, compassionate staff and Board of Directors, who focus on excellence and innovation to not only carry out their mission but also grow their impact,” said Rode. “Patient Empowerment Network activates patients to share decision making with their healthcare team, and we are contributing to health equity by expanding our programs’ reach within underrepresented areas and communities. I’m also excited to continue our collaboration with health care professionals by providing them with the best, most trusted resources for their patients. ”

Rode’s experience of leading and growing organizations encompasses both volunteer and professional roles, including executive positions at the Healing NET Foundation, the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter, PearlPoint Cancer Support, and Vital Options International, and Vision3 Interactive Media, an internet consultancy she founded in 1995. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two adult children.

About Patient Empowerment Network

Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) is a virtually-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization trusted by millions of cancer patients and care partners to achieve improved health literacy, equity, and treatment outcomes at every step of their journey.

PEN’s free online programs for people impacted by cancer include webinars with leading medical experts, digital literacy skills training workshops, downloadable doctor’s visit check-lists, online courses which teach skills including how to use telemedicine, animated explainer videos, patient story vignettes, a blog, activity guides, and more.

Media Contact:    

Emily Reed

Early Light Public Relations