2019 Charitable Giving Report | Page 12

Programs & Services Your gifts helped support programs throughout Central Texas that are enhancing the experience, health, and wellness of both our patients and our staff. Patient Navigators Cancer patients often describe their experience as a “journey,” uncharted territory with roadblocks they must navigate to survive. Your gifts helped support our Patient Navigators who help guide patients and their caregivers through what can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. They handle logistical and administrative details large and small, allowing patients and families to focus on healing. Patient Navigators partner with patients from their diagnosis, through their treatment, and into survivorship, serving as an advocate, educator, and guide, all at no cost to the patient. Some highlights include: • • • • • • Patient advocacy and support Coordination of appointments Removing barriers to care, such as transportation or financial hardship Education on what to expect and empowerment to make informed medical decisions Assistance with finding resources Management of cancer-related side effects Meet Jennifer Cancer care often involves multiple care providers, unfamiliar medical terms, and anxiety. In her role as a Patient Navigator, Jennifer Foster serves as the point person her patients can rely on to help guide them throughout their cancer journey. “With all the challenges and information my patients are presented with, it’s so amazing and inspiring to see them have such a positive outlook,” Jennifer says. “We do everything we can to make this journey easier for them.” 12 | Programs & Services: Patient Navigators