Patient Navigation


Navigating your care

From diagnosis to recovery, you want someone on your team. That's where our patient navigators come in. We have a wealth of knowledge, decades of experience and a sincere empathy for people facing cancer. Our goal is to help you navigate your care for a better outcome.

Your patient navigators will work collaboratively with experienced social workers, nutritionists, case managers, oncology financial navigators physicians, nurses, technicians and hospital staff  – as well as other caregivers and outside agencies – to ensure quality of life for you and your family.

Patient navigators:

  • Assess patient needs to identify physical, emotional, spiritual, psychosocial, dietary and financial concerns

  • Provide education on the disease process, treatment options and the side effects of treatment

  • Answer general insurance questions

  • Assist with obtaining drugs prescribed by your physician

  • Connect you and your family with hospital and community resources specific to your needs

  • Assist with home needs such as home health or hospice care, extended-care facility placement and/or equipment and treatment needs

  • Help with transportation needs

  • Provide emotional support throughout the continuum
    of care

Patient navigators will link you to these and other resources:

  • Transportation assistance

  • Home health or hospice care

  • Medical equipment and supplies

  • Patient assistance programs for medications

  • Programs to assist with Medicaid and Social Security Disability applications

  • Support groups/counselors

  • Wigs/scarves/prosthetics

  • Dietary consultants

  • Alternate/complementary therapies

  • Cancer information

  • Homebound meals/nutritional supplements


Meet our patient navigators

Lauren Bodnar, RN, BSN, OCN

Oncology Patient Navigator – Upper GI

Tessa Shepherd, RN, BSN, OCN

Oncology Patient Navigator – Genitourinary, Male Reproductive, Head and Neck

Carolyne Newburn, RN, BSN, BS

Oncology Patient Navigator - Lymphoma/Leukemia/Myeloma, Sarcoma, Skin and Thyroid

Melissa Baker, RN, MPM

Oncology Patient Navigator - Lung, Brain/Nervous System

Amanda Turner, RN, BSN

Oncology Patient Navigator - Breast

Tracy Busch, RN, BSN

Oncology Patient Navigator - Lower GI/Colorectal  

Hilary Biddle, RN

Oncology Patient Navigator - Female Reproductive and unknown primary cancers

Trudy Sloan, RN, BSN

Oncology Patient Navigator – Toracic

Laura Hughes, RN

Oncology Patient Navigator – Breast

You’re encouraged to contact them with questions and concerns at (260) 266-9100.

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