Cary, NC — Cathy A. Arsenault is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Top Professional for her exemplary contributions in the healthcare field and her outstanding leadership as Co-Chair Patient and Family Advisory Council at UNC REX Healthcare.
A pioneer of bariatric patient and family advocacy, Ms. Cathy A. Arsenault continuously demonstrates her passion for helping others suffering from morbid Obesity. Her own greatest struggle and suffering of obesity was now the catalyst to her greatest passion and contributions to healthcare. She has been recruited as a guest speaker at Duke University, Vidant Medical Center, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., telling her own story while speaking as the voice of the patient. Moreover, Ms. Arsenault wrote and calibrated with a production company on the documentary “The Transformational Leader,” which is available on YouTube. The documentary journeys the story of a Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Lindsey Sharp, who has helped his patients, including Ms. Arsenault, to train and participate in Sprint Triathlons each summer.
In her current capacity, Ms. Arsenault holds the position of Co-chairperson of the Patient and Family Advisory Council of the UNC REX Healthcare system. The council is a representative group of patients and family (caregivers) who meet regularly with hospital staff to influence and improve the patient experience. Honored to be Co-Chair, Ms. Arsenault takes pride in her work, including recruiting new members, planning meetings, overseeing training, and always advocating for each patient’s best interest. She also serves on the Bariatric Surgical Service Line and completes peer rounds with pre-and postoperative bariatric patients daily. In conjunction with Dr. Lindsey Sharp, Peter Ng, and Dustin Bermudez., Ms. Arsenault is the Co-Creator and Investor of the “REX Bariatric Fund” through the REX Healthcare Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Arsenault has spoken at various leadership, department, and group meetings throughout her hospital with presentations such as “Empathy for the Bariatric Patient” and “Not all Bariatric Patients Look-Alike.”
To further her professional development, Ms. Arsenault has garnered certifications in Patient Navigation from the Dr. Harold Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, in Patient Experience Leadership and Patient Advocacy from Beryl Institute, and in High-Performance Leadership from Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Business.
Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Arsenault has gained valuable leadership experiences, including serving as the Co-Chairperson of the North Carolina Hospital Association State Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Remaining aware of the latest advancements and developments in her field, Ms. Arsenault maintains professional affiliations with the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as an Affiliate Associate Member since 2017.
As a testament to her professional excellence, Ms. Arsenault was presented with a Triangle Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award in 2016 and The News & Observer “Tarheel of the Week” Award in 2017. She was awarded a Patient and Family Advisor scholarship from Beryl Institute thanks to her outstanding work in the field. She was also awarded the 2020-2021 Marquis Who’s Who Professional Woman and Humanitarian Award.
In looking to the future, Ms. Arsenault aspires to be a bariatric life speaker for medical school students.
In her spare time, Ms. Arsenault enjoys training for sprint triathlons, jazzercise, and spending time with her grandchildren.