Patient Navigators

A patient navigator is an oncology nurse or social worker who specializes in working with patients diagnosed with cancer. The clinical patient 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 clinical patient navigator provide?

As part of your health care team, the clinical 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.

Directory of patient navigators

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute:

  • Leslie Foreman, R.N., BSN, OCN, Lower Gastrointestinal Clinical Patient Navigator, 207-396-8055
  • Michelle Freers, R.N., BSN, OCN, Gynecologic Clinical Patient Navigator, 207-396-8767
  • Jennifer R. Powers, R.N., M.S., OCN, Thoracic Patient Navigator, 207-396-8430
  • Sarah Vreeland, R.N., M.S., Neuro Oncology Clinical Patient Navigator, 207-662-1112
  • Stephanie Carpenito, R.N., BSN, OCN, Thoracic Clinical Patient Navigator, 207-396-8430
  • Tracy Robbins, R.N., M.S., OCN, CCRP, Genitourinary Nurse Navigator, 207-396-8439
  • Cynthia Stevens, BSN, OCN, CBCN, Breast Clinical Patient Navigator, 207-396-7891
  • Gina Z. Blaszyk, R.N., BSN, OCN, CHPN, Upper Gastrointestinal Clinical Patient Navigator, 207-662-1951
  • Theresa Roelke, AGNP-C, Lung Screening Navigator, 207-396-7788

Franklin Memorial Hospital

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

LincolnHealth

  • Irene Fowle, RN, Patient Navigator, 207-633-9792

MaineGeneral Medical Center

  • Kerri Medeiros, RN, OCN, Patient Navigator - Lung, 207-626-4865
  • Nicole Brown , RN, OCN, Patient Navigator - Lung, 207-621-6165
  • Kristin Langlois, RN, Patient Navigator, GI, 207-621-6136

Mid-Coast Hospital

  • Kim Lynch, RN, Patient Navigator - Breast, 207-373-6546
  • Hailey Thacker, RN, Patient Navigator, 207-373-2240

Pen Bay Medical Center

  • Catherine Elizabeth Athay, MSW, LCSW, Patient Navigator, 207-921-8977

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

  • Lori Dyer, RN, OCN, Patient Navigator, 207-777-4419
  • Dotty Guild, RN, Patient Navigator - Breast, 207-777-4445
  • Kendra Butcher, RRT, Respiratory Therapist - Lung Navigator

Southern Maine Health Care

  • Peggy Belanger, RN, BSN, OCN, Patient Navigator, 207-283-7320
  • Helene Langley, RN, BS, CBCN, CN-BN, Patient Navigator - Breast, 207-283-7805

Stephens Memorial Hospital

  • Patti-Ann Douglas, RN, Patient Navigator, 207-744-6173

Waldo County General Hospital

  • Kim Lenfestey, LMSW, Patient Navigator - Breast, 207-930-2586

American Cancer Society Patient Navigators

The ACS Patient Navigator program helps patients, families and caregivers navigate the many systems needed during the cancer journey. Trained patient navigators link those dealing with cancer to needed programs and resources.

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, Scarborough

  • Magda Alden, 207-396-8335

Patient Navigator at Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Augusta

  • Dan Bahr, 207-621-9424

Network Navigator

  • Manuel Ortega Jr., MSN, RN, System Genitourinary Navigator, 207-396-7788 

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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.