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GMC appoints nurse navigator to oncology team

Donna Stoudenmire, left, and Gretchen Hayward of Gwinnett Medical Center are nationally certified navigators through the National Consortium of Breast Centers. (Special Photo)

Donna Stoudenmire, left, and Gretchen Hayward of Gwinnett Medical Center are nationally certified navigators through the National Consortium of Breast Centers. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center recently appointed a nurse navigator to help breast cancer patients through the diagnostic process.

The appointment for Gretchen Hayward means the hospital now has a two-person nurse navigation team, and Haywad will provide information, support, navigation and coordination of services, a press release said. She recently received certification through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, and her credentials include imaging and cancer.

“We are excited about what our navigators bring to GMC’s cancer care resources,” GMC President and CEO Phil Wolfe said in a statement. “Hayward is dedicated to assisting patients through their diagnosis at GMC. Her expertise will ensure the program offers the best possible care to those who need it supported by the necessary medical resources.”

A breast health nurse navigator facilitates the connection between GMC patients and available resources and cancer support programs.