Penn Cancer Network Administrator, Margaret Rummel, BSN, RN, MHA, OCN, comments on patient navigation for seriously ill

June 15, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Margaret Rummel, BSN, RN, MHA, OCN, Cancer Network Administrator for the Penn Cancer Network, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that provided an overview of the role of patient navigators in a complex medical world. The piece which looked at several regional medical institutions quoted Rummel about the University of Pennsylvania's Health System's cancer network navigators. "It seems to be the big thing in cancer, and it's all over the country," says Rummel, "Everybody I talk to is looking to develop programs." The University of Pennsylvania Health System has had employees doing patient navigation for a decade, but the role has taken off in its cancer network of 13 community hospitals in the last couple of  years. Rummel estimated it now has up to 15 navigators... read more