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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Our goal is to empower patients and their caregivers to take charge of their health and to make well-informed medical decisions. We do this through free educational programs, the development of easily accessible navigation tools, research, and leadership initiatives.

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, TX

Programs: To continue to provide & update free educational programs on healthcare system navigation to the public.

to continue to provide, expand & update free practical tools to enable healthcare system navigation by the public using internet/electronic format and paper.

to provide free educational programs to pre-medical and pre-healthcare professional high school and college students to enable them to be more effective and compassionate caregivers.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Patient Institue provides 360 degrees of education and assistance in a healthcare environment that is complex. The diverse group of people who work with the Patient Institute can address a myriad of issues faced by those seeking care. Keep up the great work.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute empowers patients and caregivers to navigate the healthcare system. Their free educational programs are very informative. I use their Preparing For Your Doctor's Appointment Form before seeing my doctors.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute helps members of the community navigate the complexities of the healthcare system with compassion and understanding. It educates and empowers people at all socioeconomic levels as everyone, no matter how wealthy or impoverished, has difficulties whenever they or their loved-ones become seriously ill.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute helps patients learn about the healthcare system and thus gaining more control over what happens to them when the get ill. In addition, The Patient Institute also help train future healthcare leaders and physicians so they learn what's truly important, not just making money.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute is all about the patient. Its mission is to empower patients and their caregivers to more successfully navigate the healthcare system. They also offer free educational programs to patients and caregivers on topics related to the healthcare system navigation throughout the Bexar County community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Patient Institute not only helps patients better navigate the sometimes confusing routes to physician access and clarifies how to obtain insurance benefits to which insureds are entitled, but has now broadened its efforts to include physicians and medical students in the information sharing process. Patient Institute continues to intensify its outreach programs through the development of innovative
communications tools to expand the number of patients and physicians who receive the information
it provides.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The mission of the Patient Institute is to empower patients and their caregivers to navigate the health care system. This is critically important, particularly given the changes currently happening with regard to health care reform.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of being appointed to the Advisory Board of the Patient Institute in San Antonio, TX. Over my 2 years of volunteering I have seen the Institute expand its valuable work to many areas in the community. The focus of the Institute is to educate the community, school children, college and university students and so forth about how to navigate through the complicated US health care system. They also provide education on health and wellness and many other topics that inform about keeping both physically and psychological well.
They have developed a course for pre - med and allied health students which covers topics such as business practices, finance, ethics, health and wellness and a raft of other topics which will assist these students to understand how to manage their lives in the health care arena.
The principles of the Patient Institute are kind and caring and very focused on improving the knowledge base of those they present to. This is always done in a in a very understanding and positive manner.
It is a pleasure to be associated with the Patient Institute.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute is different in that it aims to empower not only the patient, but the patients support group, creating a community of care and education. The Patient Institute is not only educating the community about healthcare, but it is redefining the healthcare culture by emphasizing the agency and importance of the patient. The patient comes first, and health should never be considered a commodity. With The Patient Institute guiding and helping to educate patients, we can become a healthy and empowered community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute educates and empowers not just the patient but all those that are effected by the patient and his or her life. The "PI" helps and guides family members, health professional and their community as a whole. The issues the Patient Institute are addressing today will hopefully make a better tomorrow for all of us.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission is worthy and very timely with the advent of so many options, rules and procedures in seeking medical care. As a board member, I am witnessing first hand the dynamic qualities and efficiency of the executive officers and staff of the Patient Institute, and most important, I am witnessing the results of this non-profit. The Patient Institute is directly helping people navigate the health care system!!!!! I am proud to serve for the Patient Institute.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked in the medical field for 26 years as an office manager for Dr. Irving A. Ratner, Pediatric Surgeon. What a privilege that was to work for such a respected, great physician. Since his passing, The Patient Institute was founded in his memory. He was the first Pediatric Surgeon to practice in South Texas and I will always admire the love and dedication he had for his hard work and always putting the patient first. Over the years, I have learned so much about the difficulties patients and their families face with the healthcare system. The Patient Institute is an excellent resource in guiding patients and their families through the healthcare system.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute does a terrific job educating the public on dealing with the healthcare system. Their programs are informative and very helpful. They've enabled Bexar county residents determine which physicians are accepting new medicare patients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute is driven by passion, research, and a deep connection to the San Antonio community. Through free educational programs, online resources, and a database that allows users to find a doctor that meets their unique needs, The Patient Institute is creating a more connected, empowered city - and a healthier community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute offers programs that are funny and informative. I left feeling more confident about making health decisions, and more prepared to talk to my doctor. A great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping people find a primary care physician. Teaching how to talk to your doctor. Providing the tools to navigate problems and visits to the doctor's office, a hospital stay, or an ER visit. These are only a few ways the Patient Institute helps individuals find their way through the complicated health care system. And new doctors, medical students and other health professionals also benefit through Patient Institute train the trainer programs that will ultitmately help and empower patients. We are lucky to have such a great non-profit organization in Bexar county!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute's mission of empowering patients and their caregivers to successfully navigate the healthcare system is very much needed. This nonprofit public charity educates patients and their caregivers on just this through programs throughout the community. It also develops tools that allow patients to navigate the healthcare system with more ease. From the professional caregiver side, The Patient Institute provides scholarships to students in the healthcare professions who have demonstrated an interest in empowering patients. This organization is continually looking for new ways to achieve its mission and increase its impact on this community, in which each and every one of us finds ourselves.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Patient Institute is continuously fulfilling its mission to help patients and caregivers navigate the healthcare system. We all know what a daunting task this can be sometimes, and it's wonderful to have an organization so dedicated to this purpose. The impact is widespread, and so many people have benefited from the work being done by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is all about empowering the patient through knowledge and information. This is what the Patient Institute is doing so well filling a critical need in helping the patient navigate what is very often a complex healthcare system.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the way that the Patient Institute has carefully determined the need in our Community and has worked with other community leaders to target the greatest need. They have touched so many people with their workshops and presentations. And the database of Doctors accepting new patients has filled a neede void in the San Antonio community.