Kate Foster

Bellingham Patient Navigator

Kate Foster

Bellingham Patient Navigator
Advocate Location
Bellingham , WA 98225
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
(360) 323-9177 Email Advocate
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How I Can Help
How Can I Help?
Balancing Independence with Safety for you or your loved one is my superpower.
Aging in your own home, taking that bucket list trip, navigating the complex world of healthcare and medical decisions. All of this is possible with my assistance to connect you to services so you can live the independent life you want.

Everyone needs something individual. I am here to help you meet your goals when life or ill health take a toll on your plans.

Don’t give up your dream of traveling. Let me help you anticipate and plan for a safe enjoyable trip. I’ll even accompany you for peace of mind, or ongoing support.

Maybe your aging parents are not safe in their own home, and you are unable to be there for their needs. There is a good chance there are services that help them age in their own home, and even save money.

Each situation is unique and I’m here for you without any competing interests. I do not work for your doctor or your insurance company. If you are struggling with medical decisions, I’m here to help you learn your options and make the best decisions for your own life.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • My geographical area of practice is Northwest Washington
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
I have been a Registered Nurse since 1987 with 12 years experience working in a Major University Teaching hospital. I worked as a Nursing Instructor, Patient Educator, a Clinical Case Manager, and as a clinic Triage Nurse. I am a Member of: WASHAA (Washington State Health Advocates Association) NAHAC (National Associates of Healthcare Advocates)  and served for 2 years on the National Credentialing Committee for Patient Advocates.
Beginning 2013, I worked with industry professionals to develop a Patient Navigator/ Care Coordinator 6 month training program which was the foundation for Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State offering this certificate. I'm the lead author of the original course and was main instructor until 2016

Bachelor’s (BSN) Degree in Nursing
Seasoned professional nurse with decades of clinical nursing experience
Case Management experience including complex cases and remote care coordination.
Clinical knowledge and experience with adult chronic conditions
Experience with behavior change, health promotion, coaching and wellness
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Experience as Nurse Travel companion
Contact Advocate
Formal Education
Montana State University, BSN Nursing 1987
Northwestern University, Certificate Organizational Leadership 2016
Additional Skills
Connection to local services
End of Life Planning
Professional Affiliations
Whatcom Community College Lead Author/ Instructor, Patient Navigation/ Care Coordination 2012-2015
National Patient Advocate Foundation Credentialing Committee for Board Certification: Eligibility Policy and Procedure Development 2013- 2015
Nurse Case Manager 2001- 2005
Community Based Prevention: Beyond the Healthcare System 2016
Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act University of Pennsylvania 2016
Interest Based Mediation Training 2017
Patient Coaching / Motivational Interviewing 2011
Mental Health First Aid 2013
Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources University of Pennsylvania
Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Healthworkers John Hopkins