Memorial's Cancer Center 2015 Annual Report –
Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center (MMC) continued to address patients holistically by providing patient support through the Cancer Patient Navigation program. Oncology nurse navigators were available to adult cancer survivors in the Sutter Health system as well as community. Formally, nurse navigators were available to gynecology oncology, head and neck, and some breast patients, but services were also provided to anyone who called for assistance. The goal of the program has been to support patients by empowering them with knowledge, providing emotional support, helping to coordinate care, and finding resources. In 2014, we assisted 301 patients with nurse navigation services and are staying on track with 159 patients as of June 30, 2015.
We continued to develop the Cancer Peer Navigation program by expanding the timeframe for patients to receive peer navigation services. Previously, participants could only have a peer navigator from diagnosis through end of treatment. The restriction was removed from the end date and we now offer peer navigation at any point of the cancer continuum. We currently have colorectal, breast, leiomyosarcoma, lung, and pancreatic peer navigators.
Cathy Anthony, MSN, RN, OCN
Kimberlee Kauffroath-Bumgarner, RN, OCN