A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Just navigating the healthcare system with different doctors, facilities, tests and decisions can be a confusing process. The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) understands these challenges, and that’s why we offer our cancer patients and providers a free service that extends care beyond the clinical level.
The Patient Navigation program at NGMC provides cancer patients with guidance and support throughout their cancer journey.
Our Patient Navigators:
- Provide a continuous presence from diagnosis to completion of treatments
- Coordinate tests and appointments to minimize hardships
- Provide educational support to patients and families about their disease and what to expect
- Facilitate communication between patients and their physicians
- Help patients understand medical terms and treatment options
- Address needs such as transportation and medication assistance
- Provide emotional support and encouragement
Meet Our Navigators
Lisa Bridges, RN, BSN, CBCN
Lisa provides education, emotional support and care coordination to our breast cancer patients as they make challenging decisions about their cancer treatment options. Lisa is a Certified Breast Care Nurse and participates in the STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) at NGMC. The Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia’s leadership council recognized Lisa for her patient-oriented care by awarding her the first Dr. Matt Mumber Visionary Award. Lisa’s passion is to develop the optimal therapeutic relationship between the breast cancer patient, their health care providers and NGMC from diagnosis through survivorship. Lisa.Bridges@nghs.com • 770-219-5857
Digestive, gynecologic and urological cancers
Previously part of the American Cancer Society’s patient navigation program, Elida brings a great appreciation for the resources needed and hardships cancer patients may face as they move from diagnosis through treatment. Most of the patients she works with will receive some combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, so Elida works very closely with urologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists and surgeons to ensure a coordinated team effort at each step in the process. Elida.Lopez@nghs.com • 770-219-6055
Alicia Harrison, RN
Lung, head and neck cancers
Before joining NGMC’s patient navigation team, Alicia worked in radiation oncology and case management and brings a wealth of experience in these fields. One of her favorite things about being a patient navigator is the ability to connect with patients early in their diagnosis, helping to allay fears and provide support through each step of the journey. Alicia.Harrison@nghs.com • 770-219-5804
American Cancer Society Navigator
Funded in part by a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation on behalf of the American Cancer Society (ACS), this program is also free and available to anyone undergoing treatment at NGMC. The ACS navigator often works in conjunction with the NGMC navigators to connect patients with resources and assistance programs to help with some of the financial and logistical challenges that arise for patients and families dealing with cancer.
The Cancer Center and The Rehabilitation Institute of NGMC partner to provide STAR Program® certified cancer rehabilitation to help cancer survivors function at the highest level possible.
STAR Program, which stands for Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation, is the nation’s first certification program to provide hospitals with the tools and training needed to minimize the debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. NGMC is proud to be the first hospital in Georgia to receive STAR Program certification for cancer rehabilitation.
For more information about the STAR Program, please call 770-219-8200 or visit nghs.com/cancer-rehabilitation.