The 2012 Schueler Patient Advocacy Compass Award Winner Is…

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Announcing the 2012 winner* of the Schueler Patient Advocacy Compass Award…

Elisabeth Russell of Patient Navigator in Vienna, Virginia.  Congratulations Elisabeth!

Elisabeth was the unanimous choice of the selection committee – although – the choice was not an easy one to make.  All applicants were outstanding examples of excellence in their service to their clients.  Competition was stiff. There were no wrong choices.

A few excerpts from Elisabeth’s application:

Patient Empowerment:

Patient-empowerment is the reason I wrote the series of “Roadmaps” that is available on my website. They are self-contained guides in the areas of Medical Management, Advocacy and Patient Education, Resources Available to You, and Insurance. Each is richly sourced to launch a client on his/her way to becoming their own best advocate.

Mentoring others who are considering advocacy as a profession:

Over the past five years, I have answered hundreds of inquiries from individuals hoping to become patient navigators or advocates… I quickly saw from all of the inquiries I receive that I needed to harness the wide range of experience, expertise and passion that folks were sharing with me. In 2009, I created a Linked-In “Patient Navigator” professional networking group. The group now has 792 members and is going strong.


These, among other attributes that were so important to Ken Schueler, and the profession of patient advocacy, were some of the reasons the committee chose Elisabeth for this year’s honor.

So what does Elisabeth win?  To further her commitment to her clients and growing her business, her Premium membership in AdvoConnection will be extended an extra year, she will have the right to use the winner’s logo in her marketing, and we will issue press releases to her local media to advise them of her award.

Learn more about the Schueler Patient Advocacy Award, the attributes the selection committee reviewed, and while you’re at it, consider applying for next year’s award.  We’ll begin reminders next Fall.

Once again, and on behalf of the selection committee – congratulations, Elisabeth!


(*You may remember that the intent is to award two advocates each year – one with a clinical background and one without.  Elisabeth is our non-clinical winner.  No advocates with a clinical background applied.)


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