American Cancer Society Announces New Patient Resource Navigator at Northeast Georgia Medical Center
ATLANTA - The America Cancer Society today announced that Jennifer Roberts has been named the Society’s Patient Resource Navigator at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. She is a licensed social worker with 14 years of experience assisting and supporting patients who have a variety of health issues.
Patient navigators are specially trained American Cancer Society staff members who work in hospitals to provide support and link cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to needed information and resources throughout the cancer journey. They offer high-quality and timely cancer-related information and are able to refer patients to American Cancer Society programs and services, link them with clinical trials, and provide assistance with such issues as available community resources, finances, housing and transportation. The American Cancer Society currently has eight Patient Resource Navigator programs in hospitals throughout Georgia.
“We are pleased to welcome Jennifer to the American Cancer Society’s Patient Resource Navigation program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center,” says Kamilah Konrad, the Society’s Regional Director for Patient Resource Navigation. “Jennifer is a licensed social worker with a wealth of experience working with patients to offer critical support during illness and health problems. She has the knowledge and experience needed to provide the assistance cancer patients and their families need to help them cope with a diagnosis of cancer.”
Northeast Georgia Medical Center and American Cancer Society also partner with Longstreet Clinic, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and Northeast Diagnostic Center to deliver the best care possible to cancer patients and their families. The groups collaborate monthly as an oncology committee to ensure rigorous Commission on Cancer accreditation standards are met through patient programs, services, top notch patient care and resource navigation
Roberts received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama. She most recently served as social service director for the Springhill Senior Residence in Mobile, Alabama, and has served as a geriatric social worker at Dimondale Nursing Care Center in Dimondale, Michigan. In addition, she has been a patient advocate coordinator/medical social worker at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and a medical social worker at Huntsville Hospital. She has also volunteered as a counselor at Turning Point, a domestic violence agency, and as a recreational counselor at Bryce Psychiatric Hospital, both in Tuscaloosa.