September Source 2017

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SEPT 2017

Celebrating Years of Service! On July 24, 2017 AHGL recognized over 300 associates and retirees at the Annual Employee Service Awards Banquet. It was wonderful to see family and friends gather to celebrate milestones which ranged from five – 40 years of service. AHGL is truly blessed to have such wonderful and dedicated employees. Thank you for your continued dedication of living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope!

Cancer Services Center Welcomes New Nurse Navigator Amy Fuller was 11 years old when her grandfather Ray died of cancer. Now, years later, she lovingly speaks of Ray, a husky Virginia farmer whose long battle against the disease had a profound impact on her, particularly during the final months of his life. At a time when most 11-year-olds are far “This is what I was made to do,” says Amy, who joined the AHGL Cancer Service Center’s team in mid-July as nurse navigator. “Oncology nursing is a perfect place for me. I believe God has a plan for my life, and I’m here being a part of it.” Amy’s vision is making contact with cancer

from thinking about a future career, Amy already envisioned hers – as an oncology nurse. Grandfather Ray would be proud. Fast forward several years to the University of South Carolina, where Amy earned a B.S. degree in nursing. She then gained a solid foundation in hospital med-surg nursing, followed by a transition to oncology nursing – infusion, chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. She broke ground as the first solid tumor nurse navigator at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical System in Greenville, SC, where she built a program replicating some best practices of nurse navigators at cancer centers such as MD Anderson and Lahey Hospital/Tufts University School of Medicine.

patients from the first moment they enter the AHGL system and helping them literally “navigate” their way through every phase of their experience. She will interact with families and caregivers, “bringing all those touch points together to make a comprehensive plan for the patient and the people who are caring for that patient,” she explains. Integral to the process also is working closely with physicians, “who need to know that we are taking good care of their patients,” Amy adds. She’s excited about the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator as part of the Center’s renovation, but she’s quick to point out, “We want high-tech, but we also must be high-touch. We need both to be successful.”

“Oncology nursing is a perfect place for me.”

Amy Fuller , RN, Nurse Navigator, Cancer Services Center

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