July 1, 2010 -
Olympic Medical Center welcomes Susan Clements, licensed clinical social worker, who joins Olympic Medical Cancer Center as the new patient navigator. As patient navigator, Clements will serve as an advocate for cancer patients throughout their medical treatment.
“Susan is coming from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she has worked as a social worker for more than eight years,” says Tara Lock, director of Olympic Medical Cancer Center. “We are pleased to have someone with her experience in this position and our patients will benefit from her knowledge.”
Prior to her position at Harborview, Clements worked with Good Samaritan Community Services in Puget Sound for 14 years. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work. “I have worked with adults and children who were hospitalized with traumatic or life changing illnesses, and I have met with families when crisis occurs,” says Clements of her experience. “I value the opportunity to help patients and their families to cope, and enhance each patient’s care by providing access to all available services and resources. Patient-centered care and satisfaction is my goal.”
On a personal level, Clements enjoys gardening, hiking, reading and walking with her dog. “I have developed interests to keep a balance between my professional and personal life, and to reduce stress,” says Clements. She works to help patients find this balance as well. “I search for activities that allow anyone to increase his or her ability to deal with the challenging events in life, and I like to relate these experiences to patients and family members to help them find daily peace and joy through the use of relaxing activities.”
About the Patient Navigator Program
The patient navigator is a valuable resource for cancer patients from the initial diagnosis throughout treatment. The navigator works closely with patients and their families to determine what programs are available that can help ease the financial and emotional burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.