Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center presented Alicia and Jim Lang of West Chester with its 2012 Making a Difference Award in April.The father-daughter team was chosen from among 45 nominees for their work in advocating for patients and families dealing with cystic fibrosis.
Alicia Lang, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis 15 years ago and began treatment at Cincinnati Children’s at the age of 5, leads a patient advisory group at the medical center. She also stays personally involved with patients by speaking to them about self-management of the disease and sharing her personal stories to help staff understand the human side of patient care.
Lang continues to volunteer her time at the hospital despite the decline in her own health, as she continues to wait for a double-lung transplant.
Meanwhile, Jim Lang has been involved for more than a decade at the medical center in helping drive quality improvement initiatives in the treatment and care of patients with cystic fibrosis.
“Alicia and Jim have given staff an unvarnished view of what it’s like to be on the other side of the stethoscope in dealing with this disease,” said Kay Fricke, patient coordinator in Access Services at Cincinnati Children’s. “And, they’ve done it with humor and grace.”
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