What Is an Advocate

Why is an Advocate Ideal?

What is Patient Advocacy?

A patient advocate is a family member, friend, trusted coworker or hired professional who can ask questions, gather information and speak up on behalf of the patient so that the patient can better understand their illness and get the care and resources they need without the stress of knowing how to maneuver the healthcare system.

A patient advocate is ideal for people who

  • aren’t familiar with doctor language and medical jargon
  • need help when crises arise such as ER visits or medical events
  • have siblings or children who live far away from loved ones and are experiencing healthcare issues
  • are having a complicated diagnosis that involves multiple “-ologists”


I had the privilege of meeting and working with Tammy for just under a year as her brother John fought for his life while battling cancer. Throughout the year, Tammy displayed high level of professionalism when interacting with doctors and medical professionals. As a Christian, she was able to give spiritual guidance and comfort to John in times when he became discouraged. She is a wonderful caring person you can trust. I highly recommend Tammy as an advocate.

Rev. Neil Rhodes BA Th. Min

Tammy was an incredible asset and advocate while my cousin battled cancer. She researched oncologists in the central Florida area who specialized in my cousin’s specific type of cancer, made phone calls to their offices, took notes that detailed our options and next steps, and communicated her findings with our family. We were immensely grateful to have her support during such a difficult time.

Michelle Howell

On May 2015, I had lumbar surgery and Tammy assisted me throughout the duration of my hospital stay. She’s very knowledgeable, explained in layman’s terms what the doctor said about my surgery and recovery. I am so grateful that I had Tammy to assist me with all my medical needs.

Sylvia Rodriguez

I can’t express in words how fortunate and grateful our family was to have Tammy as my Brother John’s advocate. John had many health issues therefore resulted in many different doctors, procedures, and hospital visits. Because of Tammy’s medical experience and background she was able to have intelligent discussions with the various doctors and at times question their direction and decisions. As a result, it help us as a family understand the medical jargon in order to make decisions on his medical treatments. I honestly don’t know how families can go through a journey like John’s without an advocate like Tammy.

Cynthia Oliver

Tammy saw the need for this type of service as she helped her brother through his yearlong medical struggle. With her experience, medical background and passion to help others, she would be the perfect person to help those who need help in navigating the medical service maze.

Rick Krack

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