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
Hi Sara...my name is Martha and I am the youngest sister of one of your clients. I just received a copy of her Health Care Guidelines and read it from cover to cover. As I said to her, it is comprehensive and well considered...even someone who did not know her well would have a good idea after reading it.
I am also a Hospice nurse and do see people losing their choices regularly because they have not planned or articulated their wishes and needs adequately. It breaks my heart to see the frustration and sense of almost abandonment sometimes. I have been thinking about what can be done to improve end-of-life planning and peace-of-mind and what you are doing surely must reduce anxiety for people facing this final transition.
So thank you for doing this for my sister and thank you for also inspiring me as well.
Sara, Of the hundreds of bills in this, yours I am most happy to pay, on receipt even.
Your help at each step throughout was so on point, clarifying, enlightening, and timely. As a lawyer I'm pretty good at processing large volumes of data but my spouse's serious medical crises overwhelmed me and my adult children with ever-changing information that left us anything but clear about what was coming and what if anything we needed to do to get ready.
Your ability to process all that medical information, summarize what it meant, spot what was coming in the way of decisions to be made, prioritize it all, address our concerns, and then tell us exactly what we needed to do next, was nothing short of remarkable. Each conversation I had with you left me with a feeling of huge relief, that finally, I knew what the key issues were, and exactly what I needed to do next. I can't tell you how much better and that made me feel. And how much more capable as a result.
You were way more than "Medical Advocacy and Planning." You were a most-needed guide through a bewildering environment. Who better than an experienced RN (and one with mad communication skills) to do that? Yvonne's a nurse and she's always said that nurses run the place. I know how much they know at ground level.
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.
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!
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 School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Public Health Nursing Certification. 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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PAST & Present EVENTS
640 Heritage Preservation Foundation
WINE, WOMEN, AND FINANCIAL WISDOM
May 2018: Wine, Women & Financial Wisdom is a financial seminar for women by women about the important documents that you should have. This in-depth discussion on the Advance Medical Directive for Health Care from a financial and medical point of view presented by Lisa Hutar, Managing Director, Senior Financial Planner, First Republic Bank and Sara C. Stephens, RN and Founder, Sara C. Stephens Medical Advocacy & Planning.
SENIOR HEALTH FAIR AT GRACE CATHEDRAL
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Sara and her team volunteered their time at the first official Senior Health Fair at Grace Cathedral, in collaboration with the San Francisco Interfaith Council.
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