The Oncology Patient Advocates team was created in June 2008 to address the concerns and needs (as communicated by patients) and develop/implement plans to enhance the patient experience.
Mission: The OPAT dedicate ourselves to strive for excellence as we support the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of those whom we serve and work with in Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
Membership has grown to include an increase in patient and family member representation and representatives from the American Cancer Society and the Wellness Community. Along with staff from most disciplines represented in the cancer program. The OPAT group has been active in coordination of the following projects over the past year:
- Developing and implementing several patient support, advocacy and information symposiums during Cancer Survivors month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month. These events are unique as they represent first time joint collaboration events between SJMH, Wellness Community and American Cancer Society.
- Encouraging an atmosphere that includes lightheartedness and fun in the treatment centers area through barbeques, musical performances and holiday events
- Develop and implement a process to expand the American Cancer Society Resource Center volunteer role. Volunteers are being utilized to enhance communication with patients regarding community and SJMH cancer resources and events. Through a close alliance with program staff, particularly the nurse navigators, volunteers visit with patients at different points in their treatment to continue to assure that they have easy access to resources available to them.