Professional Patient Advocate Institute and Dorland Health Announce Finalists for the 2011 Patient Advocate Awards

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The 2011 Patient Advocate Awards ceremony on December 5, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. will recognize leading practitioners in patient advocacy.

Professional Patient Advocate Institute and Dorland Health, divisions of Access Intelligence, announce the finalists of the 2011 Patient Advocate Awards, a program honoring professionals who stand out for their accomplishments, persistence, innovation and general advocacy work on behalf of patients. The 2011 award finalists include professionals and organizations that work directly with patients to help them achieve the best possible healthcare - from navigating the healthcare system and providing counseling and advice to handling financial or insurance demands, among many other valuable services patients rely on every day.

All finalists will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Monday, December 5, 2011, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla., during the 2011 Patient Advocate Conference. At this event, the winners in each category will be unveiled.

“The Patient Advocate Awards is about recognizing leaders in patient advocacy,” said Anne Llewellyn, Chairwoman of the Patient Advocate Conference. “The finalists are all leaders in their fields and they are professionals who work tirelessly each day to advocateon behalf of patients to ensure better outcomes and healthier lives.”

Entries for the awards program were evaluated by a team of judges, and finalists have been selected for overall achievements in patient advocacy, as well as one-time innovative examples of advocacy that demonstrate why the nominee’s services stand out. The judges also considered specific advocacy programs or efforts the nominee has spearheaded to improve healthcare advocacy in a practice or organization.

Finalists include professionals in the following categories: Patient Activist, Behavioral Health Advocate, Independent Patient Advocate, Patient Advocate Organization, Pediatric Advocacy Program, Employer Health Advocate, Health Advocate Educator, Hospital Patient Advocate (large, medium and small), Health Insurance Advocate, Pharmacy Advocacy Program, Wellness, Independent Patient Advocate, Patient Navigator in Cancer Care, Advocate Website, and Nonprofit Advocate Group or Organization.

The complete list of finalists can be viewed at

During the Patient Advocate Awards celebration, winners from all categories will be unveiled and will be brought to the stage to accept their award. The event will feature keynote speaker Rowe Jones, a self-described professional advocate. Mr. Jones will share his story of battling chronic pain and how he was inspired to become a patient advocate. He will lead the audience to reflect upon their own advocacy and how they can optimize their most important role.

The Patient Advocate Conference, which includes the awards luncheon, is open to all who would like to participate in the celebration of these outstanding professionals. The Advocate Awards luncheon will take place December 5, 2011, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla. To learn more and to register, visit the Professional Patient Advocate Institute website at

About the Professional Patient Advocate Institute
The Professional Patient Advocate Institute (PPAI) is a member organization and a community aligned around the common cause of providing advocacy for consumers as they strive to secure their healthcare needs and cover their insurance and financial matters.

The Institute welcomes the wide range of healthcare professionals and others currently working as a patient advocate or those in search for a new model that will enhance their existing practice. The Institute provides a range of services to its members, including resources to grow their businesses, educational opportunities to ensure clinical competency, tools and resources that expand their vision through venues such as webinars and special reports, as well as a member forum to discuss challenges and share best practices with the ultimate goal of improving the patient experience.

About Dorland Health
Dorland Health, an Access Intelligence, LLC Company, is a leading publisher and media company providing education, training, tools, information resources, guidance and practical advice for practitioners and specialists in the healthcare field. Dorland Health services include the Professional Patient Advocate Institute, Case In Point, Case In Point Weekly, OR Manager, Patient Advocate Report, industry-specific resource directories and reports, conferences and events, webinars, awards programs, and offers continuing education credit.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherine Zamarin
Phone: 301-354-1552
Email: czamarin(at)patientadvocatetraining(dot)com


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