BSNCF funded the establishment of a much needed Patient Navigator at The Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai Hospital.
The Patient Navigator position offered navigational assistance to oncology patients and their caregivers through the continuum of care. By assessing the patient’s needs and linking patients to community agencies that provide housing, appropriate oncology educational materials and social services, care was significantly improved.
The Patient Navigator provided logistical support for the patient in the following ways:
need for personal support, language, and any unexpected problems that arise during treatment.
comprehensive care to patients, and ensure that barriers to treatment are overcome.
The Navigator also assisted with access issues such as: insurance forms, financial forms, and arranging transportation. This service significantly eased stress for patients and loved ones.