Pacific Coast Health Advocacy LLC founder Patricia Knight is a lawyer and a former registered nurse. Her knowledge of both the medical and the legal world gives Patricia the perfect combination of skills and insight to be a patient advocate. She understands the confusion and frustration many feel when they face today’s health-care maze, and she knows how to safely guide her clients through it.
During her years as a civil litigation attorney, Patricia handled lawsuits for medical and hospital malpractice, medical device defects, personal injury, and insurance coverage. Before taking her law degree, she was a licensed registered nurse, working for more than 10 years in adult acute care, ICUs, and burn units, and ultimately becoming a USF School of Nursing faculty member. In her subsequent legal career Patricia retained her close relationship with the health-care, medical, and scientific communities.
A teacher, counselor, and negotiator, Patricia has been passionate throughout her career about empowering patients through education, informed decision making, ethics, and patients’ rights. Through Pacific Coast Health Advocacy, she puts those values to work for people.
Patricia is a trained Patient Advocate.
Juris Doctor, University of California Davis
Master of Science Nursing, University of California San Francisco
Bachelor of Science Nursing, Ohio State University
The State Bar of California
Case Management Society of America
Golden Gate University (Adjunct Faculty)
End-of-Life Network (San Francisco)
Patient Advocate Foundation
RN Patient Advocate Forum
Compassion & Choices of Northern California
National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants
The San Francisco Ballet, BRAVO (Vice President and Board Member)