Betty Long, MHA, RN, founder and CEO of Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates, has been named a 2015 Brava! Award winner by Philadelphia SmartCEO. The award recognizes the achievements of 40 of Greater Philadelphia’s top women business leaders, according to a news release.
“Brava winners possess the hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance,” Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events, said in the release. “We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”
Long, who received her award July 22, was recognized for starting Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates in 2003 and growing the Flourtown-based organization nationally with a team of nurses who provide high-touch advocacy services.
“I am greatly honored and humbled to receive this esteemed award for doing what I love best — patient advocacy,” Long said in the release.
Guardian Nurses is a patient advocacy company. Its nurse advocates provide personal accompaniments to patient appointments, visit patients in the hospital, and offer a Mobile Care Coordinator RN to drive around in a specially co-branded vehicle visiting patients in their homes, their workplaces and their hospital rooms.
The Mobile Care Coordinator program was “developed as a solution for businesses and labor unions to better manage healthcare costs and help employees, members and their families get better and more effective treatment and care,” Long said.