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RN opens “patient advocate” business in NE Seattle

May 31st, 2012 by Support Staff

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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Magnuson's latest: $21M pediatric dental center

August 19th, 2010 by hillaryu

                                                                                            Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times

Among all the exciting developments going on at Magnuson Park — a new, multimillion indoor soccer facility, new indoor tennis center, new turf sports fields, low-income housing — this one might have the biggest impact yet on the community: a new $21 million pediatric dental center.

Opening Sept. 1, the Center for Pediatric Dentistry, located at 6222 NE 74th St., is a partnership of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle Children’s hospital, Washington Dental Service and Washington Dental Service Foundation.

The center expects 30,000 visits the first year and will be using a whole new model for pediatric dentistry aimed helping keep kids out of the dental chair in the first place. The new center’s goals and what is driving the effort are outlined in an article by our news partner The Seattle Times.

(Photo used with permission of The Seattle Times)

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Kids health fair Saturday at Seattle Children's

March 11th, 2010 by hillaryu

Free bike helmets, tours of an operating room and the opportunity to ask questions about the health of your kids are all part of this Saturday’s Seattle Children’s Health Fair.

The event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is being touted as a “hands-on” community event directed mostly at kids age 3 to 8 but good for the whole family. Other highlights are expected to be crafts and music, the Teddy Bear Clinic (kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a checkup), and the Tooth Fairy (who will be available for chats). Quantities are limited on bike helmets and the child getting the helmet must be present to ensure proper fit.

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