Navigating the Stretch: DCH Foundation event benefits Cancer Patient Navigator program
Daviess Community Hospital
Saturday evening the community is invited to break out their best derby
hat, enjoy a Southern-style buffet and support a good cause while attending
the third annual Navigating the Stretch Kentucky Derby Party at the Moose
Family Center in Washington. Proceeds from the event benefit Daviess Community
Hospital's Cancer Patient Navigator program.
"We have a few seats still available," said Angie Steiner, Daviess
Community Hospital's director of business development and DCH Foundation
director. "We're expecting about a 80 people."
The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails, appetizers, friendly
wagers and a few photo opportunities before the crowd tunes in to watch
the 143rd running of the iconic horse race. A Southern-style buffet will
be served beginning at 7 p.m.
"We're trying something a little different this year," said
Steiner. "We'll be serving a pork loin with bourbon glaze, a
stuffed chicken breast and several side dishes to complement those more
traditional Southern-style foods."
After the race and meal, music and entertainment will be offered until 11 p.m.
DCH's Cancer Patient Navigator is Sharon Mead, who has battled and
beat cancer more than once. In the roughly 18 months since the Cancer
Patient Navigator program was started, Mead has been able to assist several
patients, approximately 50, in navigating the stretch of doctor's
appointments and insurance claims among other things, that come with a
"Dr. Thomas Waits, our oncologist, is just amazing," said Mead,
who worked as a oncology nurse before becoming the Cancer Patient Navigator.
"You can get big city care here in a small town."
About six months ago, Steiner said DCH began offering chemotherapy, an
option that means those battling the disease can receive treatment locally.
"It's been a benefit to our patients," she said, adding
having Mead on board is also a benefit to patients.
Normally, when someone goes to the doctor, a prescription is called in
and the patient simply picks it up at the pharmacy but with a cancer diagnosis,
things don't work quite the same.
"Chemo requires a special prescription and come from a special pharmacy,"
said Steiner. "And those prescriptions can be costly."
That's where Mead can help.
"We may find out that insurance will cover part of the treatment
but the patient may still need to pay $900 out of pocket," said Mead
as an example. "I can go through pharmaceutical companies and foundations
to try to help them get their medication at a reduced cost or maybe even
Mead said it typically takes a couple of weeks to get the medication situation
figured out, but that's not all she can help with.
"Some patients just need some follow up care if their cancer was
caught early," she said. "And some will need some additional
help to navigate through everything. I see it as a privilege to be able
to help people at a stressful time like this."
What Mead does, Steiner said, is something most don't realize the
need for until they actually need assistance themselves.
"Until you are in that situation, you don't always realizes that
challenges of insurance and medications," said Steiner. "We
would love to not need to have a Cancer Patient Navigator but we are so
glad to have Sharon in that role here at DCH."
But for Mead, it's a perfect fit.
"I love my job," she said. "It's a privilege to be
able to make a difference and help someone during a difficult time."
For more information or to reserve tickets, which are $50 per person,
$90 per couple or $350 for a table of eight, for the annual Navigating
the Stretch Kentucky Derby Party call 812-254-8858.
Article written by Lindsey Owens of the Washington Times Herald. Visit
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