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Interview with Kristin Sides, Patient Navigator of Mt. Nittany Center’s Cancer Program

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Medical Minute; 1:39

Dave Kurten:  The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”.  Our guest today is Kristin Sides, Patient Navigator of Mt. Nittany Center’s Cancer Program.  Thanks for spending some time with us today.

Kristin Sides:  Thank you.

Dave Kurten:  First of all, what is the role of the Patient Navigator?

Kristin Sides:  The role of the Patient Navigator at Mt. Nittany Medical Center is really to help cancer patients remove the road blocks to getting the care that the need in our community.

Dave Kurten:  What benefits does this program offer?

Kristin Sides:  The benefits of the program: it’s absolutely free for patients and it really provides the benefit of helping them coordinate their care, getting rid of any issues with insurance, financial questions, things like that, and also finding resources in the community such as support groups and other important resources such as transportation.

Dave Kurten:  And why is it important for Mt. Nittany Medical Center to offer this program to the community?

Kristin Sides:  Well, Mt. Nittany Medical Center is really committed to providing the best care for our patients and they really saw the need for someone to really facilitate the way that cancer patients receive their treatment because they know that it’s very difficult to find your way through the system because we have a very segmented health care system these days.

Dave Kurten:  Where can community members learn more about the Patient Navigator program?

Kristin Sides:  Well, they can log onto Mt. Nittany Medical Center’s website which is www.mountnittany.org or they can call me directly at 234-6175.

Dave Kurten:  Kristin Sides, Patient Navigator of Mt. Nittany Center’s Cancer Program has been our guest this week, thanks for spending some time with us.

Kristin Sides:  Thank you. 

Dave Kurten:  The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”. 

 

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