Patient Advocate

For assistance from our patient advocate, please call Grace at 719-657-2510 ext. 1043 or email at

How can our patient advocate assist you?

What is a Patient Advocate?
The “go to person,” who can help guide you through the healthcare maze:

  • A Patient Advocate is the go between for the healthcare provider and the patient
  • A Patient Advocate provides an invaluable service to a patient at a crucial time
  • A Patient Advocate acts as guardian angles to patient’s rights
  • A Patient Advocate helps to keep open lines of communications
  • A Patient Advocate is not an adversarial position

It is important that patients ultimately have as much independence as their condition allows, and everything our advocate does is geared toward that outcome. A Patient Advocate creates, provides, and coordinates services and activities with patients, families and communities that foster strength, healthy living, and overall well-being. They can also provide support in a case management style and act as a liaison between families, staff, the community, and other family-related services.

What does a Patient Advocate do and how?

Assisting patients understand and invoke their rights by:
  • Advocating for patient rights and needs.
  • Protecting confidentiality for patients and their families to ensure compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Advocating for the handicapped to safeguard compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Help ensure that patients are satisfied with their experience at Rio Grande Hospital and Clinics by:
  • Identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Identifying innovations to improve the patient experience.
  • Assisting caregivers in meeting patient’s needs, expectations, and concerns.
Provide educational tools to perfect the patient experience by:
  • Communicating Rio Grande Hospital and Clinics’ policies, procedures and services.
  • Educating staff on how to provide the best customer service possible.
  • Serving as a resource for both patients and health care providers.
Mission: With a smile and a helping hand, we provide quality care and service to our communities.

Vision: We will distinguish ourselves as the trusted healthcare destination.
We will provide compassionate healthcare and advocate wellness through innovative access, preventive medicine,
and collaborative partnerships within our diverse community.


Rio Grande Hospital

310 County Road 14
Del Norte, CO 81132
Tel: 719-657-2510
Open: 24/7

Creede Family Practice

802 Rio Grande
Creede, CO 81130
Tel: 719-658-0929

Rio Grande
Hospital Clinic

310C County Road 14
Del Norte, CO 81132
Tel: 719-657-2418

Monte Vista Medical Clinic & Pharmacy

1033 2nd Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Tel: 719-852-8827
Pharmacy Tel: 719-628-0533

Rio Grande Hospital Clinic at South Fork

52 Jackson Street
South Fork, CO 81154
Tel: 719-873-5494