Frederick Regional Health System in Frederick, Md., recently announced the launch of an oncology nurse navigator program. Here are 10 things to know about the program.
1. The navigator program officially launched in January 2017.
2. There are five nurse navigators in the program. The program director is Carol Mastalerz.
3. The program is serving medical oncology, breast cancer, lung cancer — all newly diagnosed patients with cancer.
4. Services provided by the navigators include education, emotional support, serving as a point person for questions, serving as a liaison with physicians as a patient advocate, and coordination of diagnostic testing, treatment, and appointments.
5. The value of the program will be measured through the use of patient surveys.
6. Frederick Regional added the nurse navigator program to enhance care and services offered to cancer patients, Mastalerz says.
7. Navigation serves to support Frederick Regional’s mission by “providing quality care and coordinated services to patients in our community,” Mastalerz says.
8. She says the most important values the program will deliver is quality, efficient, and safe patient care coordination.
9. To support the program, Mastalerz says Frederick Regional will offer “resources necessary for the navigators to be successful in their mission to patient care.”
10. As patient volumes increase, the health system intends to increase the program’s number of navigators.
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