HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville has added Pat McKinney to its team as the hospital’s first cancer patient navigator. As registered nurses with special training in oncology, cancer navigators are a valuable resource in patient care; their primary function is to make the cancer journey as seamless as possible for patients.
McKinney’s role begins shortly after diagnosis. She consults with the patient and provides information on available programs such as support groups, counseling, symptom management and the Second Opinion Cancer Clinic. She also coordinates physician appointments, provides a familiar face at pre-surgery/surgery, and answers questions and offers support.
“It’s difficult for patients to see past their diagnosis, and that’s where I come in,” said McKinney. “I take the burden of healthcare logistics off the patient, allowing them to focus one what is most important—survivorship.” McKinney has been honored as one of the Top 100 Nurses in North Carolina by The Great 100, Inc for her excellent care and commitment to the nursing profession.
McKinney joins a team of six cancer navigators at Presbyterian Cancer Center, with the goal of ensuring every newly diagnosed patient has access to a cancer navigator during treatment.
Patients may self-refer to a cancer navigator. For more information or to speak with a navigator, call 704-384-5373.