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Marcy Burns
Marcy Burns
Simplified Patient Advocacy

Marcy Burns

Simplified Patient Advocacy
Advocate Location
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Decision Support
Other Services
Recovery and Wellness
Advocate Location
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Advocate Specialty
Decision Support
Other Services
Recovery and Wellness
How I Can Help
Simplified Patient Advocacy believes that knowledge is the key to making healthcare decisions. We meet our clients exactly where they are in their healthcare journey. We gather information and resources, and we collaborate with their healthcare team – ensuring our clients are prepared and confident before making decisions about their healthcare.

Our vision is to inspire and empower each individual’s personal healthcare goals. Our mission is to help each client identify and achieve their personal healthcare goals, while promoting their dignity and quality of life.

We value hard work and determination; we believe everyone should be treated with respect and dignity, and we believe in holding ourselves and your healthcare team accountable. We take pride in our diverse clientele, respecting where our clients come from, and where their goals will take them. 

Simplified Patient Advocacy will work diligently to determine your desired health outcomes and identify the steps needed to achieve your specific goals. We take pride in maintaining dignity and respect for our clients and their wishes. It may become necessary to make difficult decisions or have difficult conversations; you can rest assured that you’ll have our unwavering support as we see you through to your goals.  

Important Information About Me
  • I am insured.
  • My geographical area of practice is We are not limited by location as we can work together online. Located in Gig Harbor, WA..

Formal Education
Advanced Degrees:
     Associate degree - Early Childhood Education - June 2011
     Associate degree - Arts and Science - Pre Med - June 2017

     Board Certified Patient Advocate Certification #2019200519 - October 2019
     Certified Nursing Assistant Certification #60513110 - June 2014
     Community Heath Care Worker Training WA State Dept. of Health - Aug 2019

Why I Became a Professional Health Care Advocate
Simplified Patient Advocacy was founded during a time of personal health struggles. Learning to advocate for one's self is not something you want to do when you're sick and struggling. However, that's when it is most important to figure out exactly what your goals are, and what's holding you back from accomplishing those goals.  

Professional Organizations and Affiliations
Proud Professional Member of:

•	National Associate of Healthcare Advocacy (NAHAC)
•	Health AdvocateX (formerly WASHA)
•	Greater National Advocates (GNA)
•	Patient Advocate Certification Board (PAC Board)

Continuing Education Series:

A Completed Life (series)

•	What is a Completed Life?
•	Cases for a Completed Life: Clinical Points of View
•	A Case of Objections and Ethical Concerns
•	Implications of Medical Aid-in-Dying 
•	End-of-Life Challenges that Result in Organizational Changes
•	Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)

Whole Person Advocacy: Integrated Mental Health (conference) 

•	The Dynamic Field of Health Advocacy
•	Trauma-Informed Care
•	Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: Research & Reality
•	Integrating Mental Health: System Barriers & Solutions
•	Tools for Health, Wellbeing, & Resilience: Before, During & After COVID-19
•	Addiction: The Hidden Prevalence & Practical Tips for Change
•	When the Diagnosis is Dementia: Understanding & Action
•	Food & Mood: Scientific Strategies & Clinical Applications
•	Mind-Body Approaches to Mental Health
•	How Nature Heals 

Continuing Education Classes:

•	Microscopic Army I Understand the Immune System 
•	Guidelines for Health Care Providers
•	Executive Functions in Neurological Conditions
•	COVID 19 & Vaccine(s): Ethics and Allocations
•	COVID-19 and the Future of Assisted Living
•	COVID Commotion: Leading Change in Patient Care Dynamics
•	Navigating COVID-19 & Senior LGBTQIA+ Response & Resiliency
•	Social Isolation for the Elderly
•	End of Life Doula Training
•	Understanding Cancer Related Fatigue
•	Navigating Life with Limb Loss
•	Navigating Therapy for Health and Wellbeing
•	Cultural Agility: Creating Sustainable Systemic Change in Health Care
•	Army Substance Abuse Program: You are ready, But are You Resilient? 
•	Recreational Therapy to Maximize Client Care & Advocacy
•	Navigation Balancing Act: Addressing Care of Self & Others
•	Affordable Care Act: Marketplace 101
•	Deductibles & Donut Holes
•	Prescription Reach-Out: Making Medications Affordable
•	Help Affording Healthcare Costs
•	AIDS/HIV Advocacy Training
•	LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Training
•	CPR, HIV, AIDS, Dementia, Diabetes, Mental Health Training - In Compliance with Washington State 

Additional Skills & Attributes
Services Offered:

Initial Consultations: 
A phone/video/or in-person consultation where we will discuss concerns, goals, and any initial barriers to care.  We will review how Simplified Patient Advocacy operates and how we intend to help manage your concerns and assist you accomplish your goals. As a client, you will receive a report including what we discussed, and our plan to reach your goals. 

Follow-up Consultations: 
Additional consultations can be made to update goals, review the plan, and discuss next steps. Additionally, we may be asked to consult with members of your family, or care team. While your confidentially is our priority, we are happy to include whomever you wish, to the extent you would like them to be involved.  

Appointment Accompaniments/Assistance: 
Pre-appointment consultation by phone, video, or in-person to prepare for the upcoming appointment. Your advocate may accompany you during your appointment. We will work to make sure your needs are addressed and that you leave the appointment with a plan to move toward your goals.  We of work to make sure your needs are addressed and that you leave the appointment with a plan to move toward your goals.  
We offer to schedule any follow-up appointments, labs, scans, etc. This includes a follow-up call 48 hours prior to the scheduled event in order to address concerns and allow for changes. 
You will receive a document detailing client concerns, provider feedback, and any information gathered, as well as details about any upcoming appointments, labs, scans, etc.


•      Administrative Assistance
•      Appointment Assistance/Accompaniment
•      Learning Difficulties
•      Older Adult Services
Contact Advocate

To contact this advocate call (253) 319-3337 or simply fill out the form below