Healthcare is more than medical
Our goal is to empower and support patients and families as they deal with illness and engage with our health care system. We offer a multidisciplinary team of trained and experienced medical professionals, who provide patient education, care coordination, and facilitate communication -- between you and your medical providers, and among your providers themselves. We serve patients of all ages, and in all aspects of health challenges and care – from surgeries, to chronic illness, to end-of-life planning.
We strive to build a community that is thoughtfully prepared to navigate the health care system, and when needed, prepared to address end-of-life care by creating clinically focused advanced directives that assist patients and families in preserving an acceptable quality of life.
WE SUPPORT YOU
We work with you and your family to provide medical support and advocacy during all phases of your medical care including a new diagnosis, hospital stay, or transitions in care.
WE PREPARE YOU
We provide personalized guidance to make your healthcare experience less stressful and more informed.
WE CONNECT YOU
We promote and build relationships within your healthcare team to keep the focus on your specific needs and care.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE FIRST WEALTH IS HEALTH.
For Parents, Children, Family, Friends & Yourself
We provide guidance and education to help you through a new diagnosis, a hospitalization, an unplanned or elective surgery, transitioning between home and healthcare facilities or any medical need. Education and communication are key to a great healthcare experience.
Advance Care Planning
This is important for Everyone.
Our team will help you create a legal advance healthcare directive and customized guideline for your future health decisions. Through education and personalized discussions, our thoughtful conversations will review your current health concerns, and thoughts on life-sustaining treatments.
Transitional & Elder Care Support
For Yourself, Children, Parents, Family & Friends
We assist individuals and families with the process of aging. We understand the complexities of trying to navigate the challenges of aging while preserving the highest quality of life.
For everyone taking medications.
We provide expert customized pharmaceutical consultations and medication reviews with an emphasis on medication safety. This includes drug interaction assessment, side effect profiles, medication organization, and medication education.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sara is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and extremely organized individual. I am forever appreciative for her care, help and love during a very difficult time! She truly was a Godsend!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Having someone "in your corner" is reassuring anytime in life, but having that someone be a member of the medical profession is a godsend when you are facing health concerns.
It made a huge difference to me to be able to discuss my issues, understand my options, and have help to priorities my next steps forward with Sara Stephens. A good listener, she heard what I was saying as well as hearing what I wasn't saying. She is a calm, positive, very respectful of privacy professional who has recognized the need for support for patients.
Sara offers and delivers a way to understand today's medical realities. She stayed in touch with the patient, doctors and family, and then explained AND interpreted all their various perspectives. She was invaluable to my family.
WE ARE YOUR MEDICAL FAMILY
Sara C. Stephens
Sara is passionate about supporting her patients through their health and wellness challenges. She is an experienced mediator, observing any situation from both the perspective of the patient and the healthcare system. With an eye for detail, she anticipates and understands how to guide patients and their families while keeping the whole picture in mind.
A graduate of Stanford University, Sara's clinical background includes medical surgical nursing, intensive care units, transitional care units and in pre-operative nursing facilitation. She has served as nursing liaison between the board of managers and the health care center at The Heritage, a life care retirement community. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital Volunteers, a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for patients and to recruit and support hospital volunteers.
"As a nurse advocate, I facilitate patient and family communication with healthcare providers, educate patients about their healthcare choices, and assist families with their healthcare needs so they can cope better with illness."
VP Clinical Pharmacy
Alicia is focused on promoting safety within her patients medication regime. She takes time to review your medications in detail, help identify any potential side effects and drug-drug interactions, and will help you manage and simplify your medication schedule.
A graduate of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Alicia practiced as a clinical pharmacist for over 20 years at the UCSF Medical Center working directly with patients to manage and optimize their medication therapy. Her pharmacy experience included working in the clinic, hospital and administrative settings with a focus on medication safety and quality care.
“Patients who are faced with a new diagnosis or a serious chronic condition have much to consider in taking care of their health. Medications usually play a key role in their therapy. I have helped many patients and families understand their medications, optimize their effectiveness, avoid certain side effects, and manage complicated drug regimens. Working directly with patients has brought me a great sense of personal satisfaction knowing that I have made a difference in the quality of their care.“
The Nightingale Pledge
...I SHALL BE LOYAL TO MY WORK AND DEVOTE MYSELF TO THE WELFARE OF THOSE COMMITTED TO MY CARE.
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Nurse Advocate Positions Available
Our goal at Sara C. Stephens Medical Advocacy & Planning is to empower and support patients and families as they deal with illness and engage with our health care system. Our team provides patient education, care coordination, and facilitates communication between patient and their medical providers.
We are currently seeking Nurse Advocates with at least 10 years experience in nursing. If you have a passion for patient and health care, have an active RN license with a BSN degree, are computer savvy and can function independently, we would like to hear from you. Please submit your resume to email@example.com.