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Modern Medicine: Nurse Navigator Program

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Gulf Coast Medical Center's Nurse Navigator program lets patients stay in constant contact with a medical professional to help ease the fear while going through treatment.

Sabra Shores was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  That's when she met Oncology and Women's Health Nurse Navigator Kay Hankins.

Hankins says, "I am able to be there with the patients from the beginning to say, 'You can do this'."

She is available to take calls when patients feel anxious.  Hankins also facilitates doctor's appointments and test results so treatment is not delayed.

Shores explains, "I was very nervous, anxious, all those things, and she had a calmness and a lot of information.  Any questions I had...she had an answer."

Hankins assists patients during a cancer diagnosis, hysterectomy, and benign breast conditions.  She makes sure patients follow through with check-ups after treatment.

"As women, we have a tendency to put our husband, children, home, and work ahead of ourselves.  In order to take care of our loved ones, we have to take care of ourselves," Hankins shares.

As for Shores, she says her family, faith, and support from Hankins helped her through.

"My plan has worked...I am victorious...definitely," Shores exclaims.

Gulf Coast Medical Center also has Nurse Navigators available for cardiovascular conditions and weight loss surgery.