Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Patient Navigator Checks In...

My history with Patient Navigation dates back to 2002 when I began working at North General Hospital In Harlem, NY. I had no idea of the impact this would make on my career as well as the lives of so many others. Working alongside Patient Navigators, I began to see tangible results of this crucial and essential program. I was blessed enough to work with Dr. Harold P. Freeman at the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention as well as the Patient Navigation Training Institute for many years. I was also fortunate enough to become a Patient Navigator and directly make a difference in the lives of so many patients. I recently took my experience and talents to the American Cancer Society as a Navigator in order to continue to help build and expand the Patient Navigation program in similar but different ways.

I see positive and powerful things in the horizon for Patient Navigation. The work we do and the direct impact we make on countless patients and constituents cannot be understated nor can it be quantified in statistics or words. I am truly blessed to have helped bring Patient Navigation to an international level knowing that the sky's the limit. So much work has been accomplished yet there is so much more that needs to be done in the fight against Cancer. 

Erik Perez
Quality Analyst at the American Cancer Society