Huntington Hospital creates cancer patient navigator role

Gail Probst

Gail Probst, the nurse who founded Huntington Hospital’s cancer program nearly 30 years ago, has assumed the role of clinical nurse navigator for cancer. This new role is funded through a grant from the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation.

The goal of the clinical nurse navigator for cancer is to guide patients through the complexities of the health care system, from making appointments to ensuring patients comply with care recommendations so they can get the best possible clinical outcome.

Ms. Probst, NP, has been the director of cancer services at the hospital for 20 years prior to now fulfilling the newly created role of Huntington Hospital Don Monti Cancer Center’s clinical nurse navigator.  Ms. Probst is an advanced oncology certified nurse who, through her time at Huntington Hospital, has come to know a wide variety of physicians, resources and services that are available to cancer patients and their families on Long Island.

“When a person first hears that they have cancer, it’s scary and the idea of lining up scans and appointments can be daunting,” said Ms. Probst, who has also been on the board of directors of the Association of Community Cancer Centers for two years. “Thanks to the support of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, I will be able to help cancer patients and their families get through the complexities of the health care system and help patients get their first treatment in a timely fashion.”

“We are grateful to the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation and the Monti and Saladino families for recognizing the importance of cancer patient navigation,” said Gerard Brogan, Jr., MD, executive director of Huntington Hospital. “Gail will be an asset to our community and a tireless advocate for her patients, as she has been throughout her career at Huntington Hospital.”

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