Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Triumph cancer navigator program adds Misty Myers at Norton Community Hospital
NORTON, Va. – The Triumph cancer navigator program has expanded to include Misty Myers, LPN, who is the first navigator at Norton Community Hospital.
Misty serves as a community navigator who assists patients in the Wise County area as they go through the difficult journey of fighting cancer. This is a free service offered to any cancer patient in the region, regardless of their provider.
Triumph navigators can answer questions about what to expect throughout treatment, coordinate appointments and treatments (including home health, hospice or palliative), arrange care between healthcare providers, provide emotional support, and help connect the patient with social workers, pastoral care and support groups.
“As a navigator, I’m there from their initial diagnosis so they have a single point of contact,” Misty said. “I introduce myself to them and let them know I’m an option for them, and that I can even be there at their appointments to listen to their doctor when he talks to them. They have someone to call about appointments, somebody who can help coordinate their care, and go to the hospital to see them if they’re inpatient.”
Her services include assisting patients who need help with financials, insurance and community resources. Misty often works with the Circle of Hope fund, overseen by Mountain States Foundation, that helps with travel costs, in particular.
Myers, who is married and has a 12-year-old son, lives in Appalachia, Va. She has been with Norton for eight years, and prior to that she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Norton (now known as Mountain View Regional Medical Center) for 10 years. She worked in orthopedics and pulmonology before becoming a community navigator in oncology.
“What makes her a great asset to patients is that she’s very open and very positive, and our patients can really relate to her,” said Justin Mullins, Norton’s physician relations manager. “She’s well-known in this area because she’s worked here for many years. She’s very warm, friendly and accessible so patients won’t be intimidated. She’s going to put them at ease, which is very important.”
“I’m just trying to make it easier for them at a difficult time,” Misty said. “I love my patients and their families, and I care whether they’re doing well or not doing well.”
Community Physicians Oncology in Norton has an experienced team of specialists, state-of-the-art facility and technology, and a wide variety of services so patients can receive cancer treatments close to home. Dr. Daryl Pierce specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and hematologic disorders utilizing chemotherapy and other medications. He is a distinguished oncologist and hematologist who has provided personalized cancer care for patients in Norton and surrounding communities since 2004.
For more information on the Triumph program, visit www.my-triumph.org.