MARTINSBURG, W.Va. The American Cancer Society and Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear Division in Martinsburg announced Wednesday the establishment of a patient resource navigator program at WVU Hospitals-East.
The WVUH-East Regional Cancer Program is the first cancer center in West Virginia to partner with the American Cancer Society to hire a patient resource navigator, according to a news release.
Dr. Tim Bowers, medical director of the WVUH-East Regional Cancer Program, said Pat Fogle, a registered nurse and longtime resident of the area, has been selected to serve as the program's first American Cancer Society patient resource navigator.
The American Cancer Society's innovative patient resource navigator program is a comprehensive initiative designed to assist individual cancer patients in negotiating the health-care system. The patient resource navigator helps cancer patients and their caregivers cope with their cancer experience, from initial diagnosis through treatment and follow-up support.