PATIENT HEALTHCARE NAVIGATOR
TERRY STRYKER MERRIFIELD MD
Personal patient navigators, also called advocates, help individuals and families move through the often confusing healthcare system.
I have been a board certified Family Practice physician in Wichita, Kansas, for nearly 40 years. Until I closed my practice in 2014, I delivered a range of primary care services to patients of all ages. I coordinated with referral specialists of all types, and interacted with large and small insurance companies. Additionally, I provided many advocacy and navigation services.
As a physician, I feel strongly dedicated to using my skills and experience so that people may obtain the best healthcare in the most efficient way.
"A time of illness is a stressful time for patients as well as for their families. The best-laid plans can go awry, judgment is impaired, and, put simply, you are not at your best when you are sick. Patients need someone who can look out for their best interests and help navigate the confusing healthcare system -- in other words, an advocate ."
From Role of the Patient Advocate, National Patient Safety Foundation, 2016 / npsf.org
Member, Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
Member, National Patient Safety Foundation