Patient Navigators

 A patient navigator is an oncology nurse or social worker who specializes in working with patients diagnosed with cancer. The navigator is here to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the most informed and timely decisions about your treatment plan. The service is free and provided at many MaineHealth locations.

What services does the patient navigator provide?

As part of your health care team, the patient navigator will:

  • Ease your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
  • Explain the different treatment options for your cancer based on nationally and locally endorsed treatment guidelines.
  • Discuss any clinical trials that may be available to you.
  • Schedule consultations for you and your family with specialists as needed.
  • Provide information and literature relative to your specific diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Hospital directory of patient navigators

Network Navigators

  • Amber O'Leary, RN, OCN, MaineHealth Head and Neck Patient Navigator, 207-396-7452 
  • Tracy Watts, BSN, RN, OCN, Skin Cancer Patient Navigator, 207-662-2659
  • Manuel "Manny" Ortega Jr., MSN, RN, Surgical Oncology / Thyroid Patient Navigator, 207-396-6738

Franklin Memorial Hospital 

  • Kelly Alley, RN, Breast Care Support Nurse, 207-779-2430 

LincolnHealth Miles Campus 

  • Michelle Hayes, LCSW, Patient Navigator, 207-396-7021 

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

  • Leslie Foreman, BSN, RN, OCN, Lower Gastrointestinal Patient Navigator, 207-396-8055
  • Sarah Vreeland, MS, RN, CNRN, Neuro Oncology Patient Navigator, 207-662-1112
  • Tracy Robbins, MS, RN, OCN, CCRP, Genitourinary Patient Navigator, 207-396-8439
  • Cynthia Stevens, BSN, RN, OCN, Gynecologic Patient Navigator, 207-396-8767
  • Gina Z. Blaszyk, BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN, Surgical Oncology/Upper Gastrointestinal Patient Navigator, 207-662-1951
  • Theresa Roelke, MSN, RN, AGNP-C, Lung Screening Patient Navigator, 207-396-7788
  • Amy Boyington, MSN, RN, OCN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-396-7891
  • Jennifer Geistert, BSN, RN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-396-7344
  • Tina Manley, BSN, RN, Thoracic Patient Navigator, 207-396-8430
  • Snow Tardif, RN, Thoracic Patient Navigator, 207-396-8430
  • Stephanie Hood, BSN, RN, Survivorship Patient Navigator, Adolescent & Young Adult, 207-396-7311
  • Jennifer O'Neill, MSN, BSN, ACCNS-AG, Neuroscience Patient Navigator, 207-662-2069

MaineGeneral Medical Center 

  • Kerri Mederos, RN, OCN-CG(T), Lung, Head and Neck Patient Navigator, 207-626-4865 
  • Nicole Brown, RN, OCN-CG, Lung, Head and Neck Patient Navigator, 207-621-6165 
  • Kristen Langlois, RN, Gastrointestinal Patient Navigator, 207-621-6136 
  • Andréa Martelle, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, Genitourinary Nurse Navigator, 207-621-6157

Mid Coast Hospital 

  • Kim Lynch, RN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-373-6546 
  • Hailey Thacker, RN, Patient Navigator, 207-373-2240 
  • Michelle Hayes, LCSW, Patient Navigator, 207-396-7021 

Pen Bay Medical Center 

  • Catherine Elizabeth Athay, MSW, LCSW, Patient Navigator, 207-921-8977 
  • Kim Danforth, LMSW, CBPN-BM, Oncology Patient Navigator, 207-921-8525 

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center 

  • Lori Dyer, RN, OCN, Patient Navigator, 207-777-4419 
  • Dotty Guild, RN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-777-4445 
  • Kendra Butcher, CCMA, Vascular Navigator 207-777-4469 

Southern Maine Health Care 

  • Julie Davis, BA, BSN, RN, Patient Navigator (except lung and breast), 207-283-7321 
  • Helene Langley, BS, RN, CBCN, CN-BN, ONN-CG, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-283-7805 
  • Nicole Cantara, MSN, RN, Lung Nurse Navigator, 207-283-7320 

Waldo County General Hospital 

  • Claudia Hill, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker, 207-218-7944

American Cancer Society Navigators

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, Scarborough

  • Magda Alden, 207-396-8335

Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Augusta

  • Dan Bahr, 207-621-9424
 

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Understanding the Navigator's Role

Patient navigation supports patients and families to ensure timely access to diagnostic and cancer care services throughout the Maine Health System. The overall purpose is to assist the patient and family with ongoing support, advocacy, education, resources, and informed decision making as they move through the various phases of cancer care.  Professional patient navigator’s may vary in their credentials and scope of practice but generally include nurses and social workers.

Essential components of Patient Navigators spell out the word "ASPIRE," using the first letter of each sentence, to describe the role and services:

Actively engages in one or all phases of patient care from screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliative care and/or end of life.

Screen for psychosocial needs and refer as needed.

Provide education about disease and treatment including clinical trials and genetics.

Identify and resolve barriers that inhibit timely access to care.

Responsive: facilitating communication and collaboration with the health care team.

Ensure the right care will be provided in the right location as close to home as possible.