Members of the Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Pink Promise Brunch Leadership announced that Sheri Prentiss, MD, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 event on May 10 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Prentiss is the national spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day events.
Prentiss is now a five-year breast cancer survivor and learning day by day how to LIVE! When she participated in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day, lymphedema had begun to be an issue. It became an even bigger issue and now she is left with clinically disabling lymphedema of her right arm/hand and can no longer perform hands-on treatment of her patients. Prentiss believes she’s alive and cancer-free for a reason. She’s meant to be part of the solution. For years, she was seen as the invincible physician. Now as a “patient-physician” she is a stronger advocate for better health awareness and the need for a cure. Her diagnoses/treatment have taken away one of her greatest fulfillments in life which was the hands-on care of her patients.
But after careful re-consideration of what she still has rather than what she’s lost, she has a brand new focus and mission in life. At the end of the Chicago 3-Day event, she knew she had found her calling. She was meant to help change lives on a national scale. She could share her story, share her voice, share her life, and share her victory with thousands of others that needed help. So she applied with Susan G. Komen and was chosen to be the National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. She is honored to represent the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as the National Spokesperson. This role affords her the opportunity to raise awareness and educate thousands of women and men throughout the country about breast health and how they can join in the fight to end breast cancer.
Dr. Prentiss obtained the following degrees: BA, with honors, Northwestern University 1989; MD, with honors, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine 1993; MPH, with a 5.0 GPA University of Illinois School of Public Health 1998; CPE, CCMM 2007.
Currently, she holds four medical management positions: S. Phillips Consulting—President, CEO; Take Care Health—Collaborating Physician; Harper College—Consulting Physician, Lab Director, and Technical Consultant; and MetLife—Independent Physician Consultant.
S. Phillips Consulting LLC helps individuals/employees balance work and family which in turn allows employers to maintain a loyal and motivated workforce. Because the demands on people have changed and balancing work and family has become more difficult, tools for achieving this balance are crucial. Dr. Prentiss knows and understands the importance of life balance and she provides interactive and realistic programs to help. Dr. Prentiss also understands that every individual’s/company’s needs are going to be and should be different. Therefore, tailoring the concepts of wellness and healthy lifestyles specifically to your needs is her number one priority.
At Take Care Health she provides valuable medical expertise and insight to a key component of the Health and Wellness division of Walgreens. She was retained by the company to serve in an advisory capacity sharing best practices in health and personal care while providing local communities with access to high-quality and affordable medical attention. She also offers strategic reviews to ensure organization compliance to top industry standards.
At Harper College she oversees and directs the student health and clinical operations department of one of the leading colleges and training institutions in Illinois. She leads a team of healthcare professionals (nurses, psychologists, nurse practitioners, etc.) responsible for promoting wellness across the student body.
As an Independent Physician Consult with MetLife, Dr. Prentiss serves in a senior-level medical advisory role to the leading insurance provider in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She provides in-depth analyses on insurance claim file validity and process functionality while delivering professional opinion on recovery expectations for claimants’ medical conditions or injuries.
All four roles allow her to use a core set of clinical and management skills and knowledge base but each is distinct to a degree that allows for professional growth and development.
She has used her experience to apply medical management skills to four not-for-profit organizations—New Nation Anointed Ministries, Hope4Us (Chief Medical Officer), The Harvey Brooks Foundation (Board of Directors) and Better Man Than Me Foundation (Board of Directors). For these organizations, she serves as a liaison between physicians and the administration, oversees quality management programs, and performs strategic planning.
Over the past 20 years, she has become a highly experienced and dedicated physician with authoritative proficiency in healthcare management and organizational administration. She is an industry leader and subject matter expert in occupational health and wellness. She is a Board Certified Occupational Medicine physician and recent breast cancer survivor. Her new-found patient-physician perspective coupled with her advocacy for preventative care have made her aware of the dire need for a health and wellness program for physician leaders.
Komen Kansas City is honored to have Dr. Sheri Prentiss serve as their keynote speaker for the 2014 Pink Promise Brunch on May 10, 2014.
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets for annual survivor brunch please go to http://www.PinkPromiseKC.org.