SimonMed Imaging’s New Patient Navigator Program
The SimonMed Breast Patient Navigator Program consists of experienced Technologists, nationally certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, that support patients as they move through the full continuum of care from detection and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship. The navigation concept is designed to enhance timely treatment and reduce barriers to care at no cost to the patient.
Our Navigation Program includes a team of specially trained Women’s Care Coordinators that, working in partnership with your doctor, will facilitate scheduling appointments for breast imaging, follow-up care and biopsy. The Certified Navigators can explain and clarify testing and results and serve as a link to connect you with appropriate breast health resources. They can guide you through the medical maze and help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options. Be it a quick phone conversation or a face-to-face meeting, our Navigators listen to each patient and provide reassurance and resources. They will help find what you’re looking for and provide the support you need along your breast cancer journey.
Our Certified Patient Navigators are here to serve as educators providing information on breast cancer detection and answering any questions regarding your imaging, diagnosis, and potential treatment plan. They assist women and men at various stages of breast cancer, whether they are recently diagnosed, currently living with breast cancer, or have a recurrence of the disease. Learning how to fight the disease can be an emotional, frightening experience with more questions than answers. These individuals function as a liaison between patients, physicians, the practice and the community. They provide support and guidance, serving as a contact for patients, family members and caregivers to help them cope with the anxiety of being diagnosed with breast cancer, provide information and resources, and reduce barriers to care when possible to help expedite access to treatment.
We feel SimonMed has a great Breast Patient Navigator Program with a Navigator Team who can assist and guide you through the challenging times. We want you to know that we are here to help and that you don’t need to go through this alone.
Valerie Ringnes BA, RT (R) (M), CN-BI
Valerie is a Registered Radiographer & Mammographer with 33 years’ experience. She took her Radiologic Technologist training at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Knoxville, TN, graduating in 1984. She came to Arizona with her husband in 1987 and they have 3 children. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Heath Care Management from Ottawa University in 2012 and is Certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a Breast Patient Navigator. Valerie is a breast cancer survivor.
Valerie knows, “Breast cancer can make a woman or man feel overwhelmed, frightened, even lost. I do everything possible to assure them that these feelings are temporary, and to make the experience just a little bit easier. There’s nothing I treasure more than reaching out to someone who is scared and going through a traumatic time, and helping them get to the other side.”
Tricia Armstrong, RTRM, CN-BI
Tricia has been a Registered Radiologic Technologist for 25 years in both Radiology & Mammography and is now certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a Breast Patient Navigator. Before coming to SimonMed, she worked as a Mammographer and Breast Patient Navigator at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in Illinois.
Tricia says, “I find it personally rewarding to help those diagnosed with breast cancer navigate through diagnosis, treatment, care coordination and survivorship. I really enjoy developing meaningful connections with patients and their families throughout their breast cancer journey, by providing emotional support and education.
Why Choose Us
SimonMed Imaging and its affiliates have been serving the community for over 30 years. Our mission is to provide best-in class affordable care through the use of advanced technology. We have patient-focused staff and highly trained medical professionals.
SimonMed has over 75 convenient locations and provides late night and weekend appointments to accommodate patients.