Patient Navigators Serve as a Valuable Resource For Breast Health Continuum of Care
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 25 2012) — Breast care patients at TriStar Health’s Sarah Cannon Cancer Centers will now benefit from a new patient navigation program, expanding the breast health services offered at all TriStar facilities throughout Middle Tennessee. Recent studies suggest that patient navigation—a service that helps patients manage the complexities of cancer care—leads to faster diagnosis for breast cancer.
“TriStar Sarah Cannon’s breast navigation program provides women a personalized and coordinated approach to screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer,” said Jonathan Connor, administrator of oncology services for TriStar Health. “With the support of a breast navigator as part of the healthcare team, many women are able to overcome the fears and barriers associated with breast cancer and receive the necessary care, saving precious time and improving outcomes.”
TriStar Health recently added five breast patient navigators to assist patients at all TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center locations—including TriStar Centennial, TriStar Hendersonville, TriStar Horizon, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Southern Hills, TriStar StoneCrest and TriStar Summit Medical Centers in Middle Tennessee.
A breast health navigator is a healthcare professional trained in breast cancer care who guides and supports patients and their families through the many challenges of breast cancer. The navigator is dedicated to bringing together all multidisciplinary team members involved in a patient’s care, leading to a quicker diagnosis and translating to faster treatment to give women a higher chance at survival.
Andrea Lee, RN, the Breast Care Navigator at TriStar Sarah Cannon at Natchez Medical Park, stated, “ I am proud to be a part of this program and honored to offer support and guidance to ladies facing breast cancer treatment”