Patient navigator program available

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital is offering a new Cancer Patient Navigator Program that gives patients and their families an extra layer of support as they move through the health care system.

The program, funded by a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation, is intended to assist patients through all phases of cancer care, from screenings and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.

“Any patient at any stage of their cancer diagnosis can benefit from the Cancer Patient Navigator Program because we give them the support they need for the best possible outcomes,” said nurse Julie Pelletier, one of the navigators.

She and Heather Sinclair, a social worker, are available to meet with patients and their family members to help with insurance forms and challenges, assist with getting questions answered, coordinate care between medical providers, provide education about diagnosis and treatment plans and connect patients with resources that will help remove barriers to their care.

“Barriers to care can include uncertainty about treatment, medications and symptom management, as well as financial, transportation and housing challenges,” said Sinclair.

Patients interested in participating in the program may request a referral through any MDI Hospital primary care provider. Contact 288-5082, ext. 1305.

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