I’ve known Nick for a number of years and we both share similar interests. We met through the now-defunct social network Pownce, but over the years we’ve had phone conversations and even met in person (Nick is taking graduate classes through the University of Minnesota) a time or two. Here’s his bio off his own website:
Nick Dawson bridges the gap between healthcare operations and strategic vision. With more than 13 years experience in hospital operations, he understands what makes healthcare tick. As the champion of an innovation success story, Nick is the Director Community Engagement at Bon Secours Virginia Health System. Previously he was a Director of Revenue Cycle for the 14 hospital Bon Secours system. In the past, he has worked for other multi-hospital systems and been a consultant on staff for a major health IT and strategy vendor.
Today, Nick works with senior leaders within the Bon Secours system on innovation projects including the exploration of an accountable care organization and affiliate physician and community health strategies. He is passionate about the patient experience as a driving force in healthcare.
Nick is currently pursuing an executive Masters of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a past member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and can frequently be found posting about healthcare and cooking on his blog, twitter and Flickr. He speaks nationally and has been published on the topics of innovation, community engagement, revenue cycle and healthcare communications. On many Sunday evenings Nick participates in the #HCSM Twitter Chat.
Nick and his wife Susan live in Richmond, Virginia where they enjoy extreme skiing, camping and vintage Land Rover restoration.
When I found out that Nick went vegan for a short amount of time, I was intrigued. As you’ve read my own journey to going vegetarian, seeing that Nick and his wife doing the same thing at the same time was amazing. Especially since my nickname for Nick is “Mr. Bacon Man!”
The idea came up to interview Nick for Health Kitten about his own journey. Here is his story!