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Cancer Patient Navigators

 A patient navigator is an oncology nurse or social worker who specializes in working with patients diagnosed with cancer. The navigator is here to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the most informed and timely decisions about your treatment plan. The service is free and provided at many MaineHealth locations.

What services does the patient navigator provide?

As part of your health care team, the patient navigator will:

  • Ease your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
  • Explain the different treatment options for your cancer based on nationally and locally endorsed treatment guidelines.
  • Discuss any clinical trials that may be available to you.
  • Schedule consultations for you and your family with specialists as needed.
  • Provide information and literature relative to your specific diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Hospital directory of patient navigators

MaineHealth System Navigators

  • Amber O'Leary, BSN, RN, OCN, Head and Neck Patient Navigator, 207-396-7452
  • Janessa Rich, BSN, RN, Surgical Oncology, Patient Navigator, 207-662-2659
  • Tracy Watts, BSN, RN, OCN, Gynecology Oncology Patient Navigator, 207-396-8767

Franklin Memorial Hospital

  • Ashley Stevenson, RN, 207-779-2668
  • Tammy White, BSN, RN, Breast Nurse Navigator, 207-779-2430

LincolnHealth Miles Campus 

  • Michelle S. Hayes, LCSW, Patient Navigator, 207-396-7021 

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

  • Gina Z. Blaszyk, BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN, Surgical Oncology Patient Navigator, 207-662-1951
  • Amy Boyington, BSN, RN, OCN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-396-7891
  • Sara Cox, BSN, RN, CNRN, Neuro Oncology Patient Navigator, 207-662-1539
  • Leslie Foreman, BSN, RN, OCN, Lower Gastrointestinal Patient Navigator, 207-396-8055
  • Michelle Freers, BSN, RN, OCN, Thoracic Patient Navigator, 207-396-7465
  • Tracy Robbins, MS, RN, OCN, CCRP, Genitourinary Patient Navigator, 207-396-8439
  • Snow Tardif, BSN, RN, Lung Screening Patient Navigator, 207-396-8324
  • Shane Ellis, RN, MS, OCN, Thoracic Patient Navigator, 207-396-8255
  • Tina Wakefield, BSN, RN, Neuroscience Patient Navigator, 207-662-2069

MaineGeneral Medical Center 

  • Nicole Brown, RN, OCN, ONN-CG (T) "Head and Neck Patient Navigator, 207-621-6165
  • Donna Davis-Rankin, RN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-621-6162
  • Liza Gallant, RN, Gastrointestinal Patient Navigator, 207-621-6136
  • Erica Lombardi, RN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-621-6162
  • Andréa Martelle, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, Genitourinary Nurse Navigator, 207-621-6157
  • Kelly Hunter, RN, Lung Nurse Navigator, 207-626-4865
  • Sacha Genest, RN, Breast and Gynecology Nurse Navigator, 207-621-6125

Memorial Hospital

  • Amber O'Leary, BSN, RN, OCN, Head and Neck Patient Navigator, 207-396-7452
  • Bonnie Rothermel, MS, Oncology Patient Navigator, 603-356-4904 x2721

Mid Coast Hospital 

  • Michelle S. Hayes, LCSW, Patient Navigator, 207-396-7021
  • Kim Lynch, RN, BSN, Breast Patient Navigator, 207-373-6546
  • Claire H. Smith, RN, OCN, Patient Navigator, Mid Coast Cancer and Blood Disorders, 207-373-2266 
  • Hailey Thacker, BSN, RN, ONN-CG, Nurse Navigator, 207-373-2266

Pen Bay Medical Center

  • Charity Gamage, RN, BSN, Oncology Navigator, 207-301-8966

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

  • Kendra Butcher, CCMA, Vascular Navigator 207-777-4469 
  • Dotty Guild, RN, OCN, CN-BN, Oncology Navigator, 207-777-4420 

Southern Maine Health Care 

  • Nicole Cantara, MSN, RN, Lung, Head and Neck Navigator, 207-294-5838 
  • Julie Davis, BA, BSN, RN, Patient Navigator, Interim Breast, Lower GI, Hematologic Malignancies, 207-294-5837

Stephens Memorial Hospital 

  • Stephanie Leblond, LSW, Patient Navigator, 207-744-6174
  • Jeanne Rosato, RN, BSN, OCN, Patient Navigator, 207-744-6173

Waldo County General Hospital 

  • Kevin Murphy, RN, Oncology Patient Navigator, 207-505-4522

Patient navigation supports patients and families to ensure timely access to diagnostic and cancer care services throughout the Maine Health System. The overall purpose is to assist the patient and family with ongoing support, advocacy, education, resources, and informed decision making as they move through the various phases of cancer care.  Professional patient navigator’s may vary in their credentials and scope of practice but generally include nurses and social workers.

Essential components of Patient Navigators spell out the word "ASPIRE," using the first letter of each sentence, to describe the role and services:

Actively engages in one or all phases of patient care from screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliative care and/or end of life.

Screen for psychosocial needs and refer as needed.

Provide education about disease and treatment including clinical trials and genetics.

Identify and resolve barriers that inhibit timely access to care.

Responsive: facilitating communication and collaboration with the health care team.

Ensure the right care will be provided in the right location as close to home as possible.