Karen Curtiss

BCPA, Certified Patient Experience Coach

Karen Curtiss

BCPA, Certified Patient Experience Coach
Advocate Location
Chicago , IL 60611
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
I am known for helping patients get solutions and care for complex health care conditions such as Alzheimer's, long Covid, Lyme disease, organ transplantation, rare diseases and similar serious health challenges.

My top priority is listening to you: what are your medical concerns, your questions and goals for care? What are your goals for your health and life?

Then, I match the knowledge you share with me with my knowledge of how to make health care work for you as seamlessly and efficiently as possible.

As a born "research geek", I mine all possible medical and care resources to help you reach your goals. Along the way, I freely share my expertise picked up over the past 18 years as an advocate helping patients and their families with serious, complex medical concerns.

I am flexible in how we work together: do you need a coach or more of a care manager? Let's discuss what best fits your needs and budget.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • My geographical area of practice is Chicago and suburbs
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
My entry into patient advocacy started 18 years ago with a quest for a lung transplant to save my dad's life. He was near death from pulmonary fibrosis and beyond the transplant cut-off age in most hospitals. I persevered to get his records reviewed at the #1 transplant facility in the world and he received a lifesaving lung transplant at age 72.

Since then, I have been on a different quest: to help other patients and families access and navigate our complicated health care system for the care they need. It is my pleasure and honor to help patients and families gain peace of mind from good and appropriate care
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Formal Education
BA, University of Oregon, Honors College
Graduate work, Statistics, University of Oregon
Professional Affiliations
* Author, Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One's Care

* Co-Author, Safe & Sound Family Engagment in Patient Centered Care (Nursing Guide)

* Co-Chair, Falls Prevention Task Force, The Patient Safety Movement Foundation

* Advisor, Department of Pharmacoeconomics and Co-Vigilance, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

* Advisor, Sentinal University, Nursing Degree Program

* Member, Annual Health Professions Educators Summer Symposium, Dartmouth Institute

* Founder, The Care Partner Project, www.TheCarePartnerProject.org