Saturday, March 5, 2011
Hospital Advocates: A necessity in today's world
My mom's best friend, Wilma, called last night, distraught because her husband, Chuck, is in the hospital with some very serious complications and pain. I was ready to jump in my car and drive to the hospital when she told me the doctor had not yet examined Chuck. That sort of situation drives me absolutely crazy.
I asked Wilma if she had contacted the Patient Advocate or Social Worker at the hospital to get some help and she had, but the woman was ready to go home as it was Friday night. Scary situation. It will be a very long weekend for Wilma and Chuck.
I recently came across a program put together by Bart Windrum, Hospital Patient Advocate, which states on Bart's website:
"Axiom Action’s Hospital Patient Advocate is dedicated to, and focused on, helping patient-family members understand why we're at unanticipated risk. Bart's how-to publications and presentations tell how you can and why you must help yourself and your hospitalized loved ones. Bart's insights help providers experience their world from the patient-family's perspective."
You can find out more about Bart at: http://www.hospitalpatientadvocate.com/.
The reason I mention Bart's program is that my program is all about getting ready for a medical emergency, while Bart's program helps people once they are in the hospital. Our programs complement one another and I can't wait to learn more about his program when Bart and I meet in the near future.
I'll let you know what I learn after talking with Bart. In the meanwhile, check out his website and his services.