Patient navigation is a process by which we proactively guide patients through the health system to coordinate services. As the point of contact for the patient, patient navigation ensures all patients with suspicious findings receive timely diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care to achieve better outcomes.
The Navigator is a clinical expert who works with healthcare providers, financial counselors, and social services to enable the patient to access available resources.
Goals of Patient Navigation:
- Save lives from cancer
- Eliminate barriers to care
- Ensure timely delivery of services
- Educate and empower patients to take an active role in their care
- Potential cost savings through improved patient care and results
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming for patients, as well as their families. At Halifax Health – Center for Oncology, we’re here to answer questions and help you navigate through your journey.
Halifax Health – Center for Oncology offers a Navigator to you, provided as a complimentary service.
What will my Navigator do for me?
- Provide emotional support and comfort to newly diagnosed patients
- Help you navigate through the healthcare system
- Serve as a point of contact to create a seamless approach to your care
- Expedite scheduling for appointments and tests
- Collaborate with physicians, healthcare providers and team members to provide advice, support and real time answers to your questions
- Connect you with local and national community resources
Our Oncology Navigators are committed to being not just an educator and advocate but also a friend who will guide you through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
Your Navigator will provide emotional support, education and act as a resource so that you can make well-informed decisions regarding your care options. This service coordinates access to cancer care services while providing quality care, assisting with coping strategies for dealing with fear and anxiety that can be felt by newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.
For more information, contact Halifax Health – Center for Oncology Navigators at 386.425.4212.