Reporter

Liz Kowalczyk

Liz Kowalczyk reports on hospitals, doctors, and the patient perspective for the Globe, focusing on quality of care and medical errors, medical culture, and treatment trends, including for mental health issues. Her job includes exposing problems in the health care system that impact patients in ways both big and small.

Kowalczyk is a graduate of Cornell University, and has worked for the Globe since 2000. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 as part of a team for national reporting on a pharmacy whose contaminated products killed and injured dozens of people. She won first place in 2014 for beat reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2015, she was a Scripps Howard Foundation finalist for investigative reporting as part of a team that wrote about concurrent surgery.

Latest stories

4 months after strike, contract deal still eludes nurses, Tufts

By and , Globe Staff

The union objected to recent comments from the hospital’s CEO about the relationship between nurse staffing levels and quality of care.

Federal probe found lapses at psychiatric hospitals

By , Globe Staff

Two mentally ill patients went without critical medicines for days, and one of them suffered a serious head injury after a seizure, according to the investigation of the Arbour facilities.

State halts admissions at Lowell psychiatric hospital

By , Globe Staff

The move reflects the latest lapse identified at facilities owned by Arbour Health System.

State permanently closes psychiatric hospital, just weeks after declaring it safe

By , Globe Staff

The troubled Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital has closed, and all 20 adult patients were transferred to other facilities, amid “critical safety issues.”