Nurse Navigator Support
Extra guidance. Steadfast support.
Nurse Navigators provide one point of contact throughout your cancer journey
It’s not easy to hear you have cancer. It can be overwhelming trying to juggle emotions with understanding medical jargon, scheduling appointments, and a number of other sudden, new responsibilities.
We can help.
The Oncology Clincial Nurse Navigator program, unique to the region, matches patients dealing with lung, breast or colorectal cancer with one point of contact from the first suspicious finding through recovery.
- Education and information
- Support for you and your family
- Assistance with referrals for outside services (social work intervention, transportation issues, home care, etc.)
Deeply committed, highly skilled oncology nurses navigate the medical system on behalf of patients and their families, working collaboratively with family physicians, surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, dietitians, social workers and other health professionals. They know the patients, they know the hospital, and they know how to relay critical information between medical departments in a timely manner – making the experience easier and less stressful for everyone.
Unmatched in its level of attention and care, our program is a lifeline for those who need comfort while struggling with a seemingly endless list of questions.
How it Works
Whenever possible, an Oncology Clinical Nurse Navigator is in the room when you learn of your cancer diagnosis. Your navigator offers immediate support, reviews with you and your family the treatment options your physician has proposed and what to expect at the next appointment. They will also pass along educational materials from the National Cancer Institute that include tips for eating well and exercising safely while battling the disease. When a referral is made after diagnosis, navigators meet you at the earliest opportunity.
Navigators are available to follow you every step of the way in their cancer journey. As the singular point of contact easily accessible by phone and e-mail, they answer questions, translate medical terms, provide encouragement and comfort, and advocate for both you and your family when needed.
Because of their skill and compassion, our navigators build relationships that continue even after treatment has been completed.
Meet Our Nurse Navigators
Meredeth Paddock, RN, BSN, OCN
Oncology Clinical Nurse Navigator – Lung cancer
Phone: (585) 922-4024
Meredeth graduated from Georgetown University, where she minored in psychology, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Before joining Rochester General Hospital in 2008, she worked at children’s hospitals in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Diego, and at Moores UCSD Cancer Center in San Diego.
An oncology nurse since 1992, Meredeth became certified in oncology nursing in 2006, and has been certified in chemotherapy and biotherapy since 2003. She is a member of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nursing Society and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Andrea M. LaRosa, RN, BSN
Oncology Clinical Nurse Navigator – Breast cancer
Phone: (585) 922-4995
Andrea graduated from Monroe Community College with an associate’s degree in Health Science, then earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at St. John Fisher College. She has worked at Rochester General Hospital for 16 years and has experience in the emergency department, operating room, and as a staff nurse in the medical/surgical unit.
A member of the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, Andrea also has done hospice work at Sunset House in Rochester.
Catherine Reda-Cheplowitz, RN, BSN, OCN
Oncology Clinical Nurse Navigator – Colorectal cancer
Phone: (585) 922-2064
Catherine graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Certified in oncology nursing, an area she has worked in for more than 20 years, she has extensive experience with inpatient and outpatient oncology, bone marrow transplants and home care, and has held leadership roles as a nurse manager and team leader.
Catherine is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, where she served as president in 2009.