Carolinas HealthCare System
Winter 2012

Extending the Reach of World-Class Cancer Care

ANMED HEALTH HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE Anderson, SC, community for more than a century. From its modest beginning as a 25-bed hospital, AnMed Health has evolved into one of the state’s largest not-for-profit health systems, with more than 35 patient care sites and about 3,500 employees. Today, AnMed Health serves an eight-county region and has an active medical staff of more than 400 physicians.

The health system is anchored by AnMed Health Medical Center, a 461-bed acute care hospital in downtown Anderson. AnMed Health has a satellite North Campus, which includes the AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital and a comprehensive Cancer Center. Also on campus is the Cardiac and Orthopedic Center, which houses offices for physicians who specialize in cardiology, pain management, orthopedics and rehabilitative therapy.

Learning, Training and Sharing Ideas

Two AnMed Health patient navigators took part in Levine Cancer Institute’s inaugural patient navigator academy—one of the first of its kind in the country—this past September. The academy established a baseline understanding for existing patient navigators within Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). Future academies will offer continuing education for patient navigators and provide training to patient navigators who work at hospitals outside of CHS.

“The academy offered me a great opportunity to meet others doing the same work and share ideas,” says AnMed Health patient navigator Melissa Kimbrell, RN. “And the resources I obtained were absolutely critical to my position at the hospital.”

Connecting real-life care experience with training enabled patient navigators to get a more detailed and job-appropriate level of education to support their efforts and those within the system to reach their community with world-class care, no matter where they live.

Kimbrell, who is new to the patient navigator position, says, “I don’t think I fully appreciated the need for this role until I was in it.”

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