Patient Advocates in Rocklin

Patient Advocates in Rocklin

by St. Augustine of Canterbury, Rocklin

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church of Rocklin has three parishioners functioning as a Pastoral Team offering pastoral health-based support grounded in their medical experience. The team members are patient advocates and help people in health crisis to navigate the complicated and confusing aspects of healthcare and insurance coverage.

Help may come in the form of research or assistance in making decisions, going to physician visits to act as listeners, and being present during difficult times as well as supporting family members. Although the members are all health professionals they do not provide medical treatment or act as health care providers.

One of the members of the team is Dr. Rich Wampler, who serves as a medical advocate for anyone in the parish requesting his services. He will help answer questions about disease and treatment in non-medical language. At times he accompanies people to medical appointments. Rich is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and had extensive experience in cardiac surgery and emergency room settings before branching into his current field of artificial heart pumps.

Mary Kathryn Marum graduated from Wayne State and the University of Michigan. She holds a Master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and traveled to Maryland to complete the church’s training as a parish nurse. Her background includes all aspects of nursing care from hospital to hospice, rehabilitation, community nursing and public health settings.

Jeanne Rochelle completed 43 years of nursing after graduating from Loma Linda University. Much of it involved neonatal and pediatric health care. Her recent experience as a case manager for Workers’ Compensation has been most helpful in assisting members with coordination of care, hospital visits and a plan for health care intervention.

Parishioners may contact any member of the team, as well as the Rev. Liz Armstrong for pastoral care assistance. The parish feels both blessed and protected at those times when we are ill and at our most vulnerable. This unique team carries out the ministry of the physician Luke in many ways!

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Greer Nave wrote:
We at St. Augustine are triply blessed to have these folks carrying on the tradition of Luke the physician in our parish. They are unique in their knowledge, capability, and compassion. We thank them for this very special ministry.

Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

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