Your Partners on the Journey to Survivorship.
Your Care Coordinator is a constant point of contact throughout your cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Your coordinator will assess your needs and set up referrals within the team, including social workers, dietitians, psychiatry, pastoral care, exercise specialist and more. Care Coordinators are a great resource because they pull together the programs and services available within the healthcare system as well as those available throughout the community. Most importantly, your Care Coordinator is here to listen, offering emotional support to you and your family and caregivers. Think of your Care Coordinator as a partner who is focused on your unique, individual care. Be honest with your Care Coordinator so they can make the appropriate referrals to support and enhance your care.
Meeting with Your Care Coordinator
Download Questions For Your Care Coordinator to help you understand what concerns to share with your coordinator so they can better meet your needs. You are not on this journey alone.
What Does a Care Coordinator Do?
- Serve as a point of contact for you, your family, and friends
- Facilitate coordination and timeliness of your care—ensuring the right place, right time, and right team members
- Communicate with all team members involved with your care, including physicians
- Provides education, insight, and support as to how cancer affects your life. This allows you to prepare for changing needs and the possible impact on your physical and emotional states
- Identify your needs and connect you with the appropriate services
Our Care Coordinators
BSN, RN, CBCN
Oncology Social Worker
Support is available for you from a licensed counselor with a specialized certification to work with cancer patients and their families. She will provide emotional support to help you and your family cope with the changes in your lives, including addressing the specific support needs of your family caregivers and children/teens to improve your quality of life. She can also help connect you to community resources, address financial concerns and assist you with advance directives.
Our Oncology Social Workers
Cancer Exercise Specialist
Our Cancer Exercise Specialist
Our Genetic Professionals
Certified Sex Therapist / Body Image Specialist
Oncology Certified Dietitian
Our dietitians will be available to assess your nutritional status and design a nutrition plan to meet your needs. They offer counseling and support to help reduce side effects, and provide information on developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Our Oncology Certified Dietitians
RD, CSO, LD
Peiffer, Mary Beth
RDN, CSO, LD, CDE
Survivorship Nurse Practitioner
Our Survivorship Nurse Practitioner
Healing Energy Worker
A new addition to our integrative wellness program in 2019, Healing Energy Work is a complement to modern medicine where the healer channels positive to the patients, activating their natural healing process. Our healing energy worker, Marion Patterson, uses her expertise in Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry, Integrative Energy Therapy, Reiki, and Veriditas Labyrinth to provide a healing presence for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
Our Healing Energy Worker
Our Massage Therapists
Our resident acupuncturist is Dr. Nancy Lorenzini, who also practices anesthesiology with Linn County Anesthesiologists in Cedar Rapids. After completing her anesthesiology training she later began her medical acupuncture coursework with the Stanford-affiliated Helms Medical Institute. She is now a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She practices the traditional form of acupuncture in which thin needles are used to stimulate pressure points throughout the body.