Elizabeth Gilbertson appointed to Lown Institute Board

June 19, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Elizabeth B. Gilbertson, an ardent patient advocate, registered nurse and community activist, has been named to the board of directors at the Lown Institute.

Gilbertson serves as chief of strategy for UNITE HERE HEALTH, a Taft-Hartley labor management trust fund that provides health benefits with the goal of offering high-quality, affordable healthcare to its participants. She is responsible for guiding selection and implementation of Fund healthcare delivery system interventions and has oversight for national healthcare program development and design. She previously served as the Fund’s president and director of strategic planning and public policy.

“We are delighted that Betsy is joining our board,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Institute. “Her accomplished background in healthcare and her keen focus on improving quality, affordability and access are central to the very foundation of our work. Together with our other board members, we look forward to the many contributions we know Betsy will make in guiding us through these exciting times for our organization.”

Gilbertson founded and co-chaired the Health Services Coalition, a large labor management organization that contracts with hospitals and supports public policy to improve care quality. She has served on National Quality Forum task forces on patient safety and ambulatory care measures, and was a board member for the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

A civil rights, anti-war and women’s movement activist, Gilbertson is committed to social change. She is passionate about the Lown Institute’s RightCare movement to transform healthcare, and make it effective, needed, affordable and wanted by patients when they are fully informed.

Gilbertson is the author of Women’s Work: The Founding of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

She holds a master’s degree in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and a bachelor’s in history from Smith College.

About the Lown Institute
The Lown Institute, a nonprofit, action-driven think tank, is dedicated to transforming the culture of medicine and building a healthcare system that is affordable, effective, personal and just. The Institute was founded by renowned cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Bernard Lown, MD, and supports his vision for compassionate healthcare. Visit and follow us on Twitter at @LownInstitute.

Margie Coloian
Director of Communications