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Tanner Patient Navigators

While meeting your cancer team, you'll also meet a very important member of that team—your Patient Navigator.


Your Patient Navigator will be an on-going, consistent point of contact for you and your family through the full continuum of care at Tanner Health System following a cancer diagnosis. In addition to assisting you with everything from paperwork to scheduling and referrals, your Patient Navigator will provide you and your family with emotional support and help you access any additional support services that you may need.

Your Patient Navigator will:

  • Provide support as you move through different points in the healthcare system, lessening the confusion of the processes involved
  • Provide valuable education to you and your family on a variety of treatment, nutritional, financial or social issues
  • Provide information about Tanner, community and/or national resources
  • Assist with completing necessary paperwork to access the healthcare system (insurance, funding, etc.)
  • Assist with scheduling tests, diagnostic procedures and treatments
  • Educate and explain disease treatments, side effects, adverse reactions and reportable signs or symptoms
  • Assist in identifying barriers to care (transportation, financial concerns, childcare, etc.) and resources available
  • Referrals to supportive care services, including dietitians, social workers, home care assistance, clergy, etc.
  • Educate and reinforce discharge instructions following procedures, surgeries, etc.
  • Provide educational tools and information for you and your family

The ultimate goal of Tanner’s Patient Navigator program is to provide a seamless and coordinated process involving all of the healthcare providers involved in your cancer treatment and to provide education and support for you and your family.

Meet Tanner's Patient Navigators

Brianna Bussey, LMSW
An oncology patient navigator, Bussey earned a bachelor's in social work at Georgia State University and a master's in social work from the University of Georgia in Athens. She also received a Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Georgia. She joined Tanner in March of 2017. Her passion for helping others, keeps her focused on being that extra support that a patient may need during their cancer treatment and recovery. She is excited to be a part of the Tanner Cancer Care patient navigation program.

Carole Eddleman, LMSW
An oncology patient navigator, Eddleman earned a bachelor's in healthcare administration at Auburn University and a master's in social work from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She worked at Tanner in the early 1990s, providing patient navigation assistance in the radiation center, leaving in 1995 to raise three children. Eddleman returned to Tanner in August 2011. She loves being a part of the patient navigation program and helping patients.

Nicolle Rooks, RN, MSN
A breast cancer nurse navigator, Rooks earned a bachelor’s in nursing from Georgia Southern University and a master’s in nursing from the University of West Georgia. She joined Tanner in 2015. Her goal is to serve as a consistent point of contact and physician liaison for patients and their families during cancer treatment and recovery by answering questions and explaining treatment options, symptoms, side effects, coping strategies and more. She is eager to help breast cancer patients in any way she can.


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