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Nurse Navigator

The role and services of an Oncology Nurse Navigator include:

  • Providing emotional support to patients and families
  • Coordinating services among medical providers
  • Locating financial assistance resources
  • Arranging patient transportation
  • Educating patients and families about their disease and treatment plans
  • Linking patients to health care resources quickly
  • Providing education related to clinical trials
  • Communicating with physicians and other members of the healthcare team
  • Obtaining patient referrals to community services for support
  • Arranging palliative care, hospice, and home healthcare services
  • Facilitating timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care
  • Promoting patient-focused care
Contacting a Nurse Navigator

Patients may be referred to an Oncology Nurse Navigator through primary care providers, surgeons, medical oncologists and their staff, social workers, case managers, nurses on the floor or self referral. You may contact the nurse navigators directly as noted below, but we also welcome referrals by email and internet.

Breast Care Nurse Navigator

Sharleen Morgan, RN, OCN
Fax: 731-541-1777

Lung Care Nurse Navigator

Julie Tidwell, BSN, RN
Phone: 731-541-1748
Fax: 731-541-1777

GI Care Nurse Navigator

Rene Hampton, BS, RN, CNOR
Phone: 731-541-1740
Fax: 731-541-6858

Hospice of West Tennessee

The Role of Hospice

Hospice of West Tennessee makes the process easier for everyone. Hospice of West Tennessee is a non-profit service offering a total support system to patients and families dealing with life-limiting illness. Quality of life–the emphasis of Hospice–is achieved through treatment of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient and family with primary focus on patient comfort.

Offering hospice service since 1986, Hospice of West Tennessee provides care without regard to patient’s ability to pay. Most Hospice care is provided in the home; however, respite and acute care is also available.

Hospice of West Tennessee is led by a team of various professionals–nurses, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, chaplains, volunteers and a physician who is board-certified in pallative (end of life) care.

Hospice is about building relationships and support for families. During a very meaningful and critical time, when people need to make crucial end-of-life decisions, Hospice of West Tennessee becomes an important piece in the delivery of quality, compassionate care. At Hospice of West Tennessee, we assist in managing the medical delivery of palliative care, implementing the psychological skills of a counselor; plus facilitating family relationship–this is the hallmark of a quality hospice program.

When Someone Needs Hospice . . .

Anyone can make a referral for a friend or loved one who needs Hospice by making a telephone call or visit to the Hospice central office. Through this important first step, approval can be obtained from the patient’s primary physician.

Related Links:
To make a referral or obtain additional information:
731-664-4220 or 1-800-286-5717
FAX: 731-664-4231
1804 Highway 45 By-pass, Suite 100, Jackson, TN 38305


For information on the Hospice House contact the Hope and Healing Foundation at 731541-HOPE or 731-541-4673


Social Services

Social workers are available to help coordinate services for patients during treatment. They help locate resources and financial assistance which often includes guidance through the Social Security Disability process, obtaining health insurance, transportation issues, and finding medication assistance programs.

Contact: Kim Tucker, Support Services Manager – (731) 541-6388

Financial Navigator

Financial stress on patients already burdened with medical issues can feel overwhelming. The financial navigator can assist patients with their financial journey, as needed, including guiding the process of applying for financial assistance.

Contact: Jan Masoud – (731) 541-1718

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.