Local nurse completes program to be certified breast patient navigator in Ogdensburg
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:20 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Richard E. Winter Cancer Center nurse practitioner Michelle Camarda has been certified as a breast patient navigator.

With her completion of their program, the National Consortium of Breast Centers attests to the knowledge and skill she will apply in helping guide patients through breast cancer care.

Moving patients through their care is complex and individualized. The complexity, while not reduced, is eased with the assistance of an individual trained to help.

Patients are guided through their care, by being shown how to contact the appropriate individuals on staff on whom they will depend for the services and support throughout their various stages of care, and by being helped to identify resources available to them. Patients feel more empowered as informed participants in a care program.

Camarda graduated from SUNY Canton with a nursing degree and attended SUNY IT in Utica where she obtained her nursing bachelor’s degree. She completed her master’s in nursing with a minor in nursing education at SUNY Upstate, Syracuse. Camarda has worked as a staff nurse and case manager for Claxton-Hepburn.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care.

Claxton-Hepburn is a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers' trademarked National Quality Measures for Breast Centers program.