Our Story Blake Whittle April 20, 2022


Our Story

How we became patient engagement experts.

Since 2009, Legacy has partnered with leading pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare organizations to help guide patients on their treatment journeys and measurably improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

We believe empowered patients and caregivers deserve individualized guidance and coaching throughout their treatment journey.

Rolf Benirschke
Founder

As a former football player in the NFL who experienced a life-threatening illness, not once but twice! I consider myself a “Most Grateful Patient”. Legacy Health Strategies was founded in 2009, inspired by a deep passion to bring the voice of patients to companies to further enhance the development and delivery of new medicines, treatments, and devices. Our expertise lies in understanding where the patient voice can be most impactful for you, our client, and remaining dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient engagement plans and programs.

Jessica Scott, MD JD
Chief Executive Officer

As a teen, Jessica lost her sister to osteosarcoma. The experience ignited Jessica’s desire to help patients and families through illness, including through clinical trials, as partners. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Virginia in Roanoke. After practicing medicine for over a decade, Jessica attended Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, and the North Carolina Physician Leadership Program. She is a trained collaborative law attorney and mediator of over 50 cases and has been certified as North Carolina Superior Court Mediator. As Patient Engagement leader, Jessica brings her combined acumen of medicine and law, together with innovative thinking, to drive the culture change of increasing patient perspectives in medical product development to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes for patients and industry.

She is an experienced ambassador of industry and patient and care partner’s perspectives to multi-stakeholder groups on medical policy issues at a global level. She is known as a credible and trusted thought-leader and collaborator, who brings novel solutions, digital strategies, and patient-centered approaches to biotech, med-tech, and pharmaceutical industries. Jessica has deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry from leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline and Takeda where she focused on building patient perspectives in the process of R&D, with demonstrated experience in shifting the R&D mindset from developing medicine for patients to developing medicines with patients.
Jessica has received awards for innovative and impactful work in Patient Engagement, including the Trail Blazer Award and PharmaVoice100 as one of the top 100 most inspiring leaders in the industry. Jessica is actively involved as a strategic advisor to Bioethics International, Patient-Focused Medicines Development, DIA Patient Advisory Council and remains actively licensed to practice law in North Carolina. Jessica is married and has three children.

Leadership
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Meet Quan Campbell
Quan Campbell
Senior Vice President
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Meet Julia Atkinson
Julia Atkinson
Vice President, Patient Engagement
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Meet Christina Gavaghan, PMP
Christina Gavaghan, PMP
Project Manager
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Meet Bryan Jonhson
Bryan Jonhson
Operations Officer

The Grateful Patient Project is a program on a mission to empower patients. We provide a platform for patients to share their stories of gratitude for the health care providers, medicines, procedures and institutions that supported them through illness and changed their lives.

How we can help you

Discover how we can help you, from R&D to commercialization

By helping your team to integrate patient perspectives, we speed up cycle times and impact your company’s bottom line.