Cathy van Beek

Cathy van Beek MCM (1956) is Member of the executive board and Chief Medical Officer of Radboud University Medical Centre since October 2011. Patient care is her responsibility within this board. In her whole career she was involved with patient care and health care innovation. At the Radboud University Medical Centre she also contributes to the different processes of change that take place at the moment.

From April 2006, she was a member and vice-president of the executive Board of the Dutch Healthcare Authority. She was responsible for the Cure and Care Healthcare Markets. She was especially interested in quality of care and innovation. Van Beek was one of the initiators of the ‘Zorginnovatiewijzer’, a kind of a ticket window for innovation in healthcare, which was organized by the Dutch Healthcare Authority, ZonMw (the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) and CVZ (Health Care Insurance Board).

From 1991 to 2006 Van Beek was Member and Chair of the Executive Board at the Sint Maartenskliniek. At that time she was already involved in innovations on patient participation avant la lettre. From 1989 to 1991 she worked as Interim Deputy Director at Mesos Oudenrijn Ziekenhuis (Utrecht), from 1987 to 1989 she worked as a Location Manager at Sophia Kinderziekenhuis (Rotterdam). From 1999 to 2005 she was also member at the board of Geneeskundige Vereniging, an association of board members of various health care providers who specialize in patient care.

She studied nursing, public administration and change sciences. She also followed specialised training on health care, educational science and management. She got her degree in Master of Change Management.

She wrote several books and other publications on health care innovation, change leadership and patient participation.

Van Beek is also member of the advisory board at ‘Overheidsmanager van het jaar’ and member of the advisory board TIAS/NIMBAS at Tilburg University.

Her mission is to take the patients perspective and put it into action. Safety, monitoring, innovation services and quality of care are her focus points, all from a patient’s point of view. In her TED talk she will focus on the patients voice in the whole process of co-creating. In the future of health, patients are partners, and they are together with their treatment team at the table of the Board of Directors. That’s participatory healthcare.

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