The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center's Patient Survivorship program consists of two components: the Survivorship Patient Navigator Program and the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program.

Survivorship Patient Navigator Program at Hartford Hospital

Deborah Walker, Patient Navigator
Deb Walker, APRN
Survivorship Patient Navigator

This survivorship program facilitates a positive transition from the end of active cancer care to optimal wellness after treatment. As part of a multidisciplinary, integrated team, the Survivorship Progam provides comprehensive, coordinated after-care for cancer patients treated at Hartford Hospital. 

The goal of the Survivorship Nurse Practitioner visit is to develop and deliver a comprehensive, effective and meaningful care plan to each survivor. During the initial visit, the patient, along with the patient's family or caregiver, will receive:

  • A Cancer Treatment Summary that will provide detailed information about each patient’s specific cancer treatments
  • A Cancer Survivorship Care Plan, outlining information on healthy living, signs and symptoms of recurrence, and potential late effects of treatment
  • Assistance with coordination of care between primary care physicians, medical/radiation oncologists, and other specialists
  • Information about available support programs, wellness programs, and referrals to other health care professionals and services as necessary
  • Education and assistance with setting goals for healthy living

In addition, by encouraging active patient and caregiver participation in the plan of care, post-treatment anxiety may be reduced and quality of life enhanced for Hartford Hospital's cancer survivors.

The Patient Navigator meets with patients in The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center.

Appointment Hours:
Monday through Friday

For More Information:
Contact Deb Walker, APRN, at 860-972-4681 or via email.


American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program

Mary Ann Vanderjagt, Patient Navigator
Mary Ann Vanderjagt,
Patient Navigator

We believe that having access to information is a vital part of the decision-making process in health and well-being.

Hartford Hospital is privileged to be the first Hospital in New England to partner with the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program.

The ACS Patient Navigator helps identify the barriers patients may have in accessing treatment and works in partnership with the cancer clinical team to connect patients to programs and services available at the hospital, through the ACS and in the community. Some of the ways that we can help…

  • Assist in locating local and national resources
  • Coordinate transportation to and from cancer treatment
  • Provide access to wigs, hats and prosthesis
  • Provide cancer information
  • Provide information on ACS, hospital and community programs

The Patient Navigator office is located in The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, just around the corner from the main reception desk.

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: (860) 972-4184

For More Information:
Contact Mary Ann Vanderjagt at (860) 972-4184 or via email.