Florida Hospital Waterman is the first and only hospital in Lake County to provide cancer patients with a Cancer Care Navigator as part of their comprehensive Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute services.
Cancer Care Navigators are specially trained nurses who guide patients through their entire treatment and recovery process. They are nationally certified by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators and provide complimentary services including connecting patients with resources and support services, serving as a constant link between patients and their healthcare team, answering questions, explaining information, providing overall support, coordinating medical appointments, and assisting with insurance questions.
“Our team is very happy to have the Cancer Care Navigator program available for our patients,” says Leslie Maxwell, Director, Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute. “We believe the journey toward wellness involves the whole person - mind, body and spirit and it’s important for us to provide counseling, support groups and educational services for our patients, their families and caregivers.”
“We are providing the highest level of care to patients right here in their community by pairing them with a knowledgeable, compassionate advocate, that helps them navigate the myriad of decisions a patient makes following a cancer diagnosis.” says Abel Biri, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Hospital Waterman. “This is one more resource we are providing our community in our quest to simplify a complex healthcare system and make it easy for our patients to receive high quality care.”
In addition to the Cancer Care Navigator program, Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute offers the following support groups to members of the community:
Breast Cancer Support Group
Third Thursday of every month, from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
GYN Cancer Support Group
Second Tuesday of every month, from 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Look Good-Feel Better
American Cancer Society Program
Second Monday of every other month, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cancer Support Group
First Thursday of every month, from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Men’s Team Huddle Support Group
Fourth Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 p.m.
All support groups are held in the Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute Conference Room.
To contact a Cancer Care Navigator please call 352-253-3626.