Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 23, 2011
Contact : Joyce McFadden, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations  

Southern Ocean Medical Center Provides Nurse Navigator to Assist Cancer Patients


Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean Medical Center has enhanced its oncology program with the addition of a nurse navigator. The role of the nurse navigator is to offer individualized guidance in addressing and overcoming the barriers and challenges that cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers encounter through their journey of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

"My role is to offer psychological support, facilitate new appointments, reinforce education about the diagnosis and treatment, assist with transportation and financial needs and provide beneficial resources that I believe would help them," says nurse navigator Lizzie Martinez, RN, BSN, OCN. 

"If one of our patients does not know who to call, he or she can reach out to me and I will provide the guidance that is needed," says Martinez.  

This program is a free service and patients can access the assistance of the nurse navigator through physician referral, nurse referral or self-referral.  For more information patients can contact Martinez at 609-978-8900, extension 2068. 

About Southern Ocean Medical Center
Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin is a member of the Meridian Health family, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and most recently, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. Southern Ocean Medical Center is home to a wide range of clinical services and programs specializing in cardiovascular and stroke care, maternity and women's health, orthopedics and joint health, bariatric surgery, and wellness and prevention programs.  

Part of Meridian Cancer Care, Southern Ocean Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services, including radiation oncology, surgery, and clinical trials, and is connected to specialized programs and services throughout Meridian Health.  

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