Marc Berlin is from Long Island, New York, and was born with cerebral palsy. For him, his condition was certainly not a disadvantage, rather quite the opposite. His compassion, empathy, drive, and core values help him to provide a deeper, more compassionate level of care. Enduring over twenty surgical procedures in his early years gave him insight into our medical system. His understanding, compassion, and care for those with disabilities comes from a place of empathy and relatability. While his condition may restrict some activities, it has also fueled his desire and determination to succeed in life against the odds!
Marc has a professional background in human resources, health administration and advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities. His personal, educational and professional experience has made him well-suited to share his expertise. Marc earned his BSBA degree in Business Administration in Human Resources from The American University in 1992, and earned a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington D.C. in 1996. In 2019, he completed training in Family Centered Patient Advocacy via PULSE Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, and in 2020 completed training as a Take Charge Campaign Ambassador via Take Charge 5 Steps to Safer Health Care.
The true inspiration for his interest in patient advocacy was his mother. In helping others navigate the healthcare system, he honors her memory. In December 2015, Marc’s mother developed a glioblastoma (GBM) Grade 4, the most devastating kind of brain cancer, which is usually terminal within 18 months. Once she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, Marc found his mission to help serve and advocate for so many that need assistance.
As a Patient Care Advocate, Marc assists individual senior citizens and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to obtain all of the services needed for them to live independently and age in place. By helping others navigate the healthcare system, my mission is now to serve and advocate for those needing, and in some cases not having assistance. My goal as a patient advocate is to enhance the quality of a patient’s healthcare and make the process of navigating the journey through the system easier. The aim is to provide good help, to ensure good health.