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Meet Kelly Filer: The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center’s New Nurse Navigator

June 3, 2021

Kelly Filer, RN, BSN, CCM, recently joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township as an Oncology Nurse Navigator. A graduate of Walden University, she has 10-plus years of clinical experience in various departments, including home infusion and emergency medicine.

We sat down with Kelly to learn more about what her new role entails and what she looks forward to the most at Jefferson.

Q: What is your role at the Cancer Center?

A: First and foremost, to support patients and establish a continuous connection between them and their care team. We align patients with any resources they need to continue their care, such as testing, physician appointments, support groups, classes, or connecting with a social worker. We also ensure that physicians are aware of new patient concerns.

Q: Why is nurse navigation so important for patients?

A: Our patients often face an overwhelming amount of information; with us, they don’t have to figure out the processes of setting things up alone. They will always have a point person to stand by their side and take some of that weight off their shoulders.

Q: What is your personal patient care goal?

A: What’s most important for my patient is what’s most important for me. If their goal is smoking cessation, then my goal is to help them secure the right resources. If they need financial assistance, I’ll connect them with a social worker as soon as possible. I strive to always be an advocate.

Q: What excites you most about joining this team?

A: From day one, I could tell that my colleagues truly appreciate each other’s input; it’s a very inclusive and welcoming environment, which I think helps us all work toward the same goal. Previously, I worked with the end-stage renal disease patient population, which was incredibly fulfilling. I believe helping those through their cancer journey will be as well.

Q: What is a fun fact about you?

A: I’m always up for an adventure. I love trying new things, whether it’s zip-lining, scuba diving, or attending all types of concerts (arguably my favorite). I don’t keep myself in a box!

Meet the rest of the Cancer Center team, HERE