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Excellence in compassionate care

Walk through any busy hospital and you see people with their eyes big and their faces puzzled as they try to find their way around. Wanting to create a better medical experience, Legatus Healthnetwork Foundation created a unique facilitation service in our hospitals to provide compassionate and attentive assistance when our members need help with their appointments.

When you call Healthnetwork for a medical referral, we will find a hospital best suited to your medical need. We will connect you to a Healthnetwork liaison who will act as your medical concierge. They will assist with many aspects of your appointment, making certain that your needs are met with unmatched professionalism and attention.

Like most faithful Catholics, Kathleen Balestreri incorporates her faith into both her personal and professional life as director of Concierge Services for the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, a Healthnetwork GOLD hospital.

She has been at UCSF Medical Center for 33 years and has assisted Legatus Healthnetwork members for the past seven years.

Balestreri assists with patient referrals, hospital navigation and coordination for patients who support UCSF. She also handles international medical services, urgent referral services, cancer concierge services, the executive medical assessment program and the executive health practice program, which is a general medicine practice within the concierge service.

“I come from a family where giving back to your community was not only an expectation, but a commitment,” Balestreri says. “I have a true passion for connecting patients to the right service and the right provider. It gives me great joy to help someone who may be anxious or afraid due to a recent diagnosis or illness.”

Balestreri says there are many aspects of her position that she finds gratifying. “At the end of any given day, my staff and I have personally touched some 25 to 30 patients, and we helped to find them the right care at UCSF,” she adds.

“We make the referral as easy as possible for the patient,” Balestreri says. “At UCSF, we will request a private room and deliver a warm, fluffy blanket to them upon admission. We alert the team to their arrival and insure that all goes smoothly. We also visit daily to see how we might make their stay more comfortable.”

With service like Balestreri and the other Legatus Healthnetwork GOLD liaisons provide, your next hospital stay may be less hectic and more comforting and reassuring.

To schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member, call Legatus Healthnetwork today at (866) 968-2467. Your health is our priority.

Kate Hannibal is Healthnetwork Foundation’s marketing manager.

Healthnetwork is a membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. For information on how this can work for you, call (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. E-mail: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org