Here is a list of Patient and Family Advisory Council members for the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute.
PFAC Members at Temple University Hospital
Heart & Vascular Institute
Alicia Wilson has been a resident of Glenside, PA for the past 8 years and has an extensive career as a subcontracting manager. Ms. Wilson followed her physician, Dr. Joshua Cooper, when he came to Temple, which soon became her second home. Ms. Wilson promotes healthy living and decided to continue advocating for other patients due to her positive experience throughout her journey here at Temple University Hospital. Ms. Wilson truly believes, “Temple is more than my hospital — they are family.”
John Coupe has been a resident of Ft. Washington, PA for much of his life. He is President of Ambler Community Ambulance and has taught classes in Health Care Management at Hahnemann. Mr. Coupe is a long-term Heart and Vascular patient at Temple University Hospital. Mr. Coupe’s distinct knowledge in health care and vast ambulatory experience will serve as critical attributes as the co-chair of the council.
Joseph Beinlich is a native Philadelphian who has dedicated much of his life to serve. He spent many years working in various positions, including a bus driver, a chef and a crew member at Sesame Place. Joe is an avid fisherman and enjoys spending the day on the river. He was the first recipient of a total artificial heart at Temple University Hospital and continued treatment to become a transplant recipient as well. Joe joined the PFAC to give back to the people who helped him through so much.
Paula Boffa-Taylor lives in Mt. Airy and has been a resident of Philadelphia for over 30 years. A native of Rhode Island, Paula came to Philadelphia after completing her Master’s degree at The University of Michigan. Paula has spent many years as a Client Relationship Manager, working to bridge the gap between organizations and their customers. In this role and previous work as an Adult Education Instructor, Paula brings a passion for clear communication that guides her work. As a Temple University Hospital patient, as well as the family member of a patient, Paula knows firsthand how overwhelming a hospital stay or visit can be. As a member of the PFAC, she is grateful for the opportunity to use that experience and perspective to try to make things less stressful for the patients and families who follow.
Taddy Dawson is a native of the Delaware Valley and has been a resident of Wyndmoor, PA for the past 14 years. Through her creativity and strong work ethic Taddy has raised three children to be contributing members to their communities. Taddy ended up in the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute family by following physician Andy Roberts in his move to Jeanes Hospital, and physician Riyaz Bashir at Temple. Taddy’s commitment to helping others and her attention to detail makes her an integral part of the PFAC.
Albert Dukes has been a Philadelphian since birth. His strong commitment to helping others led him to the field of Human Services, in which he recently retired after 43 years of service. Mr. Dukes is also a recipient of a heart transplant at Temple University Hospital. Because of this gift, he now serves and supports the PFAC as a former patient and an advocate for a healthier heart and a salubrious living.
Dean Pizzo is a native of Bucks County. An avid Phillies fan, he appreciates time spent with family and friends, traveling and fishing. Mr. Pizzo's career has been in customer service and shipping. At 5 days of age, Dean had his first open heart surgery for a congenital defect with several surgeries to follow. At 49, he was referred to Temple for treatment. Mr. Pizzo praises the nursing staff and all the care given to him during his time at Temple, and continues his care here. This experience inspired him to work with the PFAC in hopes to improve all patient experiences.
Dr. Stanley Savinese
Stanley Savinese, a native of Ridley Park, PA, only left the area for college and his medical training. He currently serves on the Palliative Care Team at Temple University Hospital where he received life-saving treatment after having a heart attack at work. Once the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute physicians informed him he would need surgery, he knew without a doubt that he was in good hands at Temple. With a unique perspective of being a physician and a patient, Dr. Savinese adds a lot of invaluable insight to the PFAC.
Dr. Ronald Taylor
Ronald Taylor has lived in Mount Airy, Philadelphia for over 20 years. His passion includes his family and his dogs, Odie and Carmen. Dr. Taylor is a dedicated Psychology Professor at Temple University and focuses on motivating and inspiring his students. Dr. Taylor has had multiple procedures within Temple Heart & Vascular Institute and has chosen to be part of the PFAC to help strengthen Temple’s responsiveness to patient and family needs.