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RN opens “patient advocate” business in NE Seattle

Posted by Mike on May 31st, 2012

A registered nurse with 34 years of experience has opened a “patient advocate” business serving northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Debi Quirk’s new business, RN Patient Advocates of Puget Sound, is part of a national health business trend giving patients somebody “in their corner” when it comes to navigating the often complex world of doctors and hospitals. Here’s an NPR story on the trend.

Quirk, who lives in Bryant, says in an email:

“We will collaborate with your doctors on your behalf, and help you to understand what is happening. You will know what your best treatment options are. You will not have to navigate through this alone. We are knowledgeable in all modalities, conventional, functional and integrative medicine. We can ask those questions that you do not know how to ask, and explain the answers to you and your family. You will have us by your side along with the most current knowledge and research, including evidence for best practice.”

Quirk, who spent 20 years teaching future nurses at the university level, recently completed extensive training in patient advocacy through RN Patient Advocates and the University of Arizona.

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Disclosure: Quirk is an active volunteer with North East Seattle Together, a local senior non-profit. The author is on the board of NEST.

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2 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 tom // Jun 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

    sounds like she’ll be doing what our doctors should be doing. but alas, call me nostalgic.

  • 2 Debi Quirk // Jun 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for commenting.
    I act as a liaison between the patients’ physicians and between physicians, patients and families. I close the ‘gaps’ in the care you should receive for the best outcomes. In today’s healthcare environment, most providers do not include this as part of your visit in the office, and care in the hospital currently is very ‘disjointed’.