WICHITA –Wesley Healthcare’s oncology program has expanded its services with the addition of gastrointestinal (GI) oncology nurse navigator Erica Denno. She will support patients diagnosed with both lung and GI (esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and colorectal) cancer from their pathology diagnosis to survivorship or hospice, schedule appointments and help them navigate through their cancer treatment.
“Erica is going to be a fantastic resource for our cancer patients,” said Cheryl Bolton, Wesley Healthcare’s director of oncology. “She will offer personalized, one-on-one guidance for our patients by answering questions, translating what their providers have said, finding resources and really just being the person that will help them through their entire cancer journey.”
Denno, an oncology-certified nurse, has worked the past five years on Wesley’s surgical oncology floor where she helped initiate a survivorship program. Prior to Wesley, she worked for doctors’ offices around the Wichita area as an licensed practical nurse (LPN) and was a nurse assistant on the surgery transplant floor at Via Christi St. Francis.
“I enjoy caring not only for the patients, but the families as well,” Denno said. “The best part of being an oncology nurse navigator is taking the fear out of the word cancer for patients and their families and providing education so they can feel empowered to advocate for themselves.”
Denno graduated from Pratt Community College as a registered nurse in 2010. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Fort Hays University in 2015.
Wesley began offering oncology navigator services last year as well as lung screening and lung nodule programs. Wesley’s oncology program offers the only board-certified genetic counselor in the region and the most advanced stereotactic cancer treatment technology – The Varian Edge™ Radiosurgery System.
For more information about Wesley Healthcare and its oncology services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com