Women who have complex healthcare issues can benefit from the free services of Wesley’s nurse navigator for women. Jolinda Kelley, RN, serves as a liaison between the patient, family and social and healthcare services.
A graduate of Newman University, Jolinda has worked with women in Wesley’s Antepartum and Gynecological Surgery Unit for more than 10 years. She has been a foster parent for 42 children, all of whom had special needs. As a result, she is well acquainted with the various social services available and understands the emotional needs of parents dealing with serious issues involving their children.
Jolinda's services are important to women and the physicians who refer their patients to her. Listen to her story and to her benefits to patients.
Our nurse navigator is available to assist women before, during and after hospitalization. Patients who may be referred include, but are not limited to, those experiencing:
- Preterm labor
- Previous fetal death
- High blood pressure
- Postpartum depression
- Gynecological cancer
- First pregnancy
- Premature, prolonged rupture of membranes
- Twins, triplets or multiples
- Any high-risk pregnancy
- Known fetal diagnosis or anticipated NICU admission
While Jolinda can assist any woman, those who have special circumstances or challenges may gain greater benefits, such as patients who have:
- financial concerns
- domestic concerns including personal safety
- limited knowledge of the healthcare system
- child care responsibilities
- transportation concerns
- cultural concerns
- language barriers
- emotional and mental challenges
- lack of support system.
For these patients, Jolinda can:
- provide a consistent point of contact
- identify possible concerns or needs at the beginning of treatment and make a plan to address them
- coordinate healthcare appointments, prepare patients and help them keep appointments
- connect the patient with community resources
- reduce patient anxiety and provide emotional support
- provide a resource for physicians
- help explain medical and health information in terms the patient can easily understand
- facilitate communication among various care providers
- encourage the patient to take an active role in decision-making
- provide information and support in times of crisis
To refer a patient, call Jolinda Kelley at (316) 204-2728.