Guiding your most important medical decisions
ORNOA began operations in March of 2010. Originally our services aimed to assist patients seeking oncology, neurology and orthopedic care in South Florida. Today our Patient Navigation services connect patients seeking a wide range of medical services from various specialists and medical centers. ORNOA does not offer medical advice. We are health advocates who coordinate care for patients. We work closely with physicians, imaging and medical centers , insurance carriers and employers to create an optimum experience for patients. We are not patient brokers. We are independent Patient Navigators and are not employed by hospitals, physician practices or health insurance companies. Our efforts are supported by 1) members who pay a membership fee to belong to the network and receive Patient Navigations services for their clients. Or 2) by patients themselves who seek a Patient Navigator and pay hourly or annual membership.
ORNOA was developed by two healthcare executives with experience in navigating the South Florida medical environment.
ORNOA Managing Partners:
Maria Freed Has 25 years of healthcare experience as a senior healthcare manager and hospital administrator. She previously directed the international services for HealthSouth Corporation in South Florida, and later served as the Director of International Services for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Maria holds a Masters in Health Services Administration and lectures frequently on the subject of Patient Advocacy. She is an experienced oncology manager having previously managed corporate services at radiation therapy facilities located in Florida, Texas, and Alabama. The field of Patient Navigation is a role she feels passionate about. She believes South Florida is home to some of America’s BEST providers and it has been a dream of hers to develop a service which provides access to doctors and medical centers in our diverse community. Healthcare services can appear complex and fractionated. My challenge is to smooth the process for patients so that they get the most out of it.
Shelly Weiss Has over 18 years of experience in healthcare management and marketing. She owned and managed two diagnostic imaging centers in Miami and has directed the local and international marketing efforts for a leading imaging center in Aventura. Her focus has been on assisting patients and physicians with their diagnostic imaging needs. As a partner of ORNOA she is always there for her patients and is their advocate and their navigator from their first contact with ORNOA to their return home and beyond. She is always making sure her patients get fast appointments with the best physicians and gets quick turn around on results of imaging tests. She is a frequent speaker on the latest imaging modalities, and travels often to the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands. Shelly holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida International University and is a Certified Radiology Administrator. Seeing disease up close has made Shelly an intense advocate for medicine with a heart. It is important that people get the care that they need in an environment of exceptional quality and service.
ORNOA endorses and subscribes to the Health Advocate’s Code of Conduct and Professional Standards.
“After being told I had breast cancer by my doctor, I was very scared. But I had a chance to speak to the breast doctors before coming to Miami and this helped me not to worry so much.
“My mother is very sick”,
these were the first words uttered by the son when he called us.