I received sad news that Ken had entered palliative care recently and on 6/24/2015, passed away due to lung cancer. Dr. Kenneth Cohn, MD, MBA was a pioneer in collaborative healthcare consulting and ‘walked the talk’ when it came to living it.
For me, as a nurse it initially felt intimidating and unfamiliar to work as a peer with a doctor. I grew to trust that he respected me and my opinion and had some wonderful lessons in growing my assertiveness. And I will continue to learn and grow from his message:
We are living in a theme of respect, dignity and love as we approach each day with an open mind and heart. –Kenneth Cohn, MD, MBA & Linda O’Brien, Office Manager
- Clinical Integration: A Pathway to 21st Century US Healthcare
- Physician Engagement: (Hospital-Physician Relations Series)
- Getting It Done: Experienced Healthcare Leaders Reveal Field-Tested Strategies for Clinical and Financial Success. Kenneth H. Cohn, MD, MBA, FACS, Steven A. Fellows, FACHE, Editors
- Additional books
And this blogpost: How did Surgeon Ken Cohn Become a Leader in Collaborative Healthcare?
He was the first physicians who read my first book, Confident Voices: The Nurses’ Guide to Improving Communication & Creating Positive Workplaces and without being asked reviewed it on Amazon and contacted me to tell me! Talk about doctors supporting nurses!
We did some writing together, a webinar on using med improv, and I will always feel intensely grateful that he took the time to come to my pilot workshop on Improv for Healthcare professionals in a Barn in Cape Neddick, ME in May of 2012. He was the only physician there! He also responded right away when asked for a testimonial!
Thank you, Ken. Thank you Dr. Cohn. For all you’ve done in building healthy workplaces, respectful physician-nurse relationships, and safer more cost-effective healthcare systems. I hope readers will read and share your work.