When I was a child, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system. This event had a powerful impact on our family and influenced my life path. My mother’s health challenge was the seed that began my journey through the health care system, both as a family member and then as a Health Care Professional.
I had a well-seasoned and rewarding career as a Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife and Health Educator where I provided compassionate patient-centered healthcare to clients and their families. My on-going mission is to facilitate person-centered healthcare advocacy for the best possible outcome. I believe my 44-year experience as an advocacy-centered healthcare provider had a significant impact on my clients and their families, as well as the culture of health care today.
For more than two decades, I worked as a policy and organizational advocate with the Boston-based, non-profit, Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI). During my tenure at CHI, with its evidenced-based model of group care and improved outcomes, I developed expertise as a Group Facilitation Consultant. My work with facilitating “Centering Groups” was “advocacy-in-action” which resulted in women and their families being highly satisfied, informed and empowered. In addition to my experience in the Healthcare System and The Centering Healthcare Organization, I successfully advocated for family, friends, and others in my personal network, all of which led me to eventually establish the independent practice of Phillips Healthcare Advocate.
I am pleased to share my passion and expertise for helping clients receive the best possible healthcare in a complex, challenging and changing healthcare system.