RRHS Cancer Program Enhanced with Certified Patient Navigators

January 20, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – The Cancer Program at Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) has announced all of its cancer patient navigators now are fully certified. A Patient Navigator is a registered nurse with oncology experience who helps patients understand their diagnosis and the treatments recommended for them.

Kim Taylor, RN, OCN and Robin Sheriff, RN, BSN have recently completed the 30-hour Cancer Care Nurse Navigator certification program through the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. The program offers RNs curriculum to enhance their role in helping navigate patients through the multidisciplinary journey of the diagnostic and treatment process, as well as through survivorship and end-of-life patient care.

Taylor and Sheriff now join Jamie Ingraham, cancer outreach program manager, as certified navigators within the RRHS cancer program. Taylor and Sheriff work with patients assisting them to understand their diagnosis, treatment options and available resources throughout their cancer journey.

The pair possesses 27 years of combined experience as oncology nurses. The Cancer Care Nurse Navigator certification program complements their hands-on knowledge and experience, bringing a deeper dimension of care to the patients they serve.

The Patient Navigator Program is a free service Rutherford Regional offers to patients and their families at their time of diagnosis with breast, lung or colon cancer. It is coordinated through the RRHS Cancer Resource Center in Forest City. More information is available by calling 828-245-4596 or visiting www.MyRutherfordRegional.com/cancer.