– Rebecca Couch, RN, and Kim Sherrill, RN, of Frye Regional Medical Center, recently completed EduCare’s Breast Health Navigator training program and are certified to serve as a breast health educators and case managers. Breast Health Navigators coordinate the clinical, educational and support needs of breast cancer patients and their families. Frye remains the only hospital in the Unifour with two certified Breast Health Navigators.
During EduCare’s Breast Health Navigator training, nurses learn how to better educate patients about breast health issues and how to implement a complete program of education and support for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Training specialists provided comprehensive instruction on all aspects of breast health management including the Mammosite catheter, benign to malignant breast conditions, diagnostic evaluation of breast diseases, surgical decisions, post-operative nursing care, family and psychosocial support, sexual issues, metastatic disease, surgical options, post operative nursing care and community outreach programs.
“I am very proud to be the only Cancer program in the Unifour to offer our patients the added comfort, benefit and convenience that breast health navigators can offer,” said Joann Smith, RN, OCN, and Administrative Director of Frye’s Cancer Center. “They are here to answer the questions of our patients and assist them through their diagnosis and treatment.”
The Breast Health Navigators are also available at FryeCare, Frye’s outpatient imaging center, daily for diagnostic mammograms from 1 to 4 pm to speak with patients regarding their results or findings following their diagnostic mammogram. Diagnostic mammogram patients leave the facility knowing their results and what their next step will be.
The nurse navigators are also available during this time to answer questions that the patient may have or to help provide them with access to resources that may help to answer their questions or fulfill their needs regarding their breast health. The nurse navigator also provides emotional support to the diagnostic mammogram patients. The intent is to let the patient know that they have an advocate and someone who can guide them through every step of the way from detection to diagnosis to even one-year post-treatment.
The patient's physician is also contacted by the navigators to let them know that the patient has been given their results. The nurse navigator is then available to receive feedback from the physician on how to proceed should the patient need follow-up care. This allows for earlier entry into other healthcare services such as biopsy.
For additional information regarding the breast health services offered through Frye and FryeCare, please call Rebecca Couch at (828) 315-3596.
Frye Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet North Carolina, is a 355-bed acute care facility located at 420 North Center Street in Hickory, NC. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of Catawba County since 1911. The hospital’s main campus includes a comprehensive heart center and cardiopulmonary rehab, skilled nursing unit, orthopedics, bariatric surgery, inpatient rehabilitation unit, outpatient rehabilitation services, pediatrics, center for neurosciences, cancer center and women’s pavilion. Frye has several extended campuses to serve families throughout the area including: Frye Wellness and Education Center which houses the Center For Diabetes Self-Management Care, perinatal education and community wellness classes; South Campus for psychiatric services; Viewmont and Tate Surgery Centers; Vein and Wound Center/Infusion Care; Pain Center; Piedmont Therapy, offering sports and industrial rehabilitation; two urgent care facilities; FryeCare, an outpatient diagnostic facility; plus HealthPoint, which provides extensive industrial services and programs to employers.
Frye Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about the hospital, visit www.fryemedctr.com