Why physicians refer patients to Jolinda
Women who have complex healthcare issues can benefit from the free services of Wesley’s nurse navigator for women. Jolinda Kelley, RN, BSN serves as a liaison between the patient, family and social and healthcare services.
Kelley is available to assist women before, during and after hospitalization. Patients who may be referred include, but are not limited to, those experiencing:
Previous fetal death
High blood pressure
Premature, prolonged rupture of membranes
Twins, triplets or more fetuses
Any high-risk pregnancy
Known fetal diagnosis or anticipated NICU admission
How women can benefit from Jolinda's services
While Kelley 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 and lack of support system. Kelley can:
Provide the patient with a consistent point of contact
Identifying 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 the various care providers
Encourage the patient to take an active role in decision-making
Provide information and support in times of crisis
A graduate of Newman University, she 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. To refer a patient, call Jolinda Kelley at 316.204.2728.
Jolinda's services are important to women & physicians whom refer their patients to her. Listen to her story and to her benefits to patients.