Area resident Ashley Ewing, RN, BSN, has been hired as the new oncology nurse navigator at Hedrick Medical Center. She received her registered nursing degree from North Central Missouri College, and a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governor's University. She has a certification in biotherapy and chemotherapy. Ewing has worked at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for 15 years. She started as a certified nurse assistant before becoming a registered nurse in 2008. She worked in the emergency department until 2017 when she transitioned to the oncology clinic and infusion therapy.
Hedrick Medical Center launched their Oncology Nurse Navigator program in 2015, and it is funded in part by the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation. The program is dedicated to easing the physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial hardships of living with and beyond cancer. The services provided by the oncology nurse navigator, which include helping to attain physician and other necessary referrals, setting up appointments, financial and medication assistance, education, nutritional counseling, social service support, and massages, among others, are provided free of charge to patients utilizing at least one oncology related service at Hedrick. Those services include blood work, port maintenance, infusion therapy and treatments, injections, radiology related services, and appointments with Saint Luke’s oncologist Jamie Rigden, MD.
“Having the opportunity to provide this type of support to the residents of Chillicothe and the surrounding region is something I really take pride in,” said Ewing. “The Oncology Nurse Navigator program can be such a huge blessing to cancer patients here locally, and I’m honored to be a part of such an important service to the community.”
Questions about the program can be directed to Ashley Ewing at 660-214-8420. Questions about donating to the Oncology Nurse Navigator program can be directed to Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107.