When you learn you may have cancer or receive an actual diagnosis of the disease, it is often a difficult, confusing and anxious time in your life. You will have questions and concerns about your health, and you may need help in getting the care you need. At Samaritan Medical Center, a nurse navigator is available to help all patients who have cancer to 'navigate' through the healthcare system. This program is designed to help you clarify and understand the many aspects of your diagnosis and treatment.
The oncology nurse navigator works closely with Samaritan Medical Center's physicians and staff. In some cases, she is advised of a newly-diagnosed patient and will contact that patient directly. Referrals also come from doctor's office, or patients may call the nurse navigator directly.Through one-on-one contact, the oncology nurse navigator works closely with patients to assist them in finding answers to their questions and in overcoming barriers, so they can access the care and resources they need during treatment.
Samaritan's Patient Navigation Program is provided at no cost to our patients.
Bonnie Trudeau, RN
Oncology Nurse Navigator