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McLaren Port Huron Cancer Support Services, Resources and Groups

Oncology Nurse Navigator

When you or a family member is diagnosed with cancer, the feeling can be overwhelming. Suddenly you are faced with many complicated decisions, specialists, and medical language that is difficult to understand. Our specially trained, experienced Oncology Nurse Navigator can support you through every step of diagnosis and treatment. Our nurse navigator, Julie Dickinson, RN, BSN, OCN, is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or by calling (810) 989-3788.

Cancer Massage - Compassionate Touch

For patients in our inpatient Infusion Center and Oncology Unit, compassionate touch massage services provided are hand, foot or neck massages at no cost. Also available in Women’s Wellness Place before or after scheduled medical visits.

Look Good Feel Better

For women in cancer treatment experiencing hair loss, skin, facial and nail changes.

Wig Bank

The Wig Bank offers free wigs are available to women who are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer Support Group for Women

We invite women experiencing cancer to attend our support group to help cope with the struggle that all cancers can bring at any stage.

Cancer Support Group for Men

This is a Group for MEN who have or have had Cancer.

Reach to Recovery

Breast Cancer Survivors volunteer to visit patients during their hospital stay providing support, education and comfort. Contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or www.cancer.org; for a referral.

Life after Treatment

The Next Chapter in your Survivorship Journey, information from the American Cancer Society.

Cancer Annual Report

McLaren Northern Michigan Cancer Support

Recently Diagnosed

There is perhaps no greater life-changing instance than when you or a loved is diagnosed with cancer. Time may stop. Patients may feel immobilized. Others feel an instant need to gather strength and respond. Each patient's journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment will be unlike anyone else's. We are all unique and cancer treatment must be individualized.

Northern Michigan Hematology Oncology is the Hospital-based physician practice that provides cancer care for our region. New patient consultations, second opinions, and follow-up care are welcome in Petoskey and Gaylord. 

We have assembled a collection of resources to help patients prepare for visits to our Cancer Center: 

Finances are often a major concern during illness. To help patients during this challenging time, our qualified financial counselor is an integral part of the Northern Michigan Hematology / Oncology Cancer Care Team. Financial counseling can lead to peace of mind about medical expenses, leaving you free to concentrate on recovery.

Some of the services provided by our financial counselor include:

  • Estimates for future treatments, co-pays, and deductibles based on diagnosis and chosen treatment modealities
  • Assistance with questions about billing policies, billing statements, and personal balance owed
  • Help with understanding insurance benefits and obligations
  • Assistance with completing important paperwork for patient assistance programs
  • Guidance through the appeals process if denial of coverage occurs
  • Coordination with the billing office in resolving claims issues
  • Assistance for patients who are under insured or have no insurance to find assistance resources
Your financial counselor will work with you to find resources and facilitate patient referrals to organizations or companies that will help with cancer-related treatment expenses.

There are national and local organizations whose mission or charter involves helping cancer patients with different areas of their lives. Similarly, government programs exist so that uninsured or under-insured individuals with certain cancers can be immediately enrolled in state health insurance plans. Likewise, some pharmaceutical companies provide grants and assistance with the costs of medication.

If patients are unable to pay for their medical expenses and meet the low-income or moderate-income requirements, they may also qualify for financial assistance through our Charity Care program. Our financial counselor will guide patients through this process. Please call 231.487.3113

Lodging and Transportation

If someone close to you is hospitalized at McLaren Northern Michigan and you need overnight accommodations nearby, the following lodging facilities are within a mile or less of the hospital and offer reduced rates for patients and families. Contact the hotels directly for availability and rates. Other lodging options may be found at Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Lodging

Comfort Inn
1314 US 31 N.
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 347-3220
Fax: (231) 347-9191
Email: petoskeycomfortinn@yahoo.com

@ Michigan Inn & Lodge
1420 SS. US-131 Hwy.
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (866) 270-2184
Fax: (231) 348-8375
Email: info@atmichiganinn.com

Super 8
2645 Charlevoix Avenue, US Route 31
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 439-8000
Fax: (231) 439-8004
Email: petoskeySuper8@yahoo.com

Bay Inn of Petoskey
2445 Charlevoix Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 347-2593, (888) 321-2500

Other lodging options may be found at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Web site under Visit Here/Area Lodging

Transportation

Chippewa Cab - Petoskey: (800) 298-7801
Chippewa Cab - Indian River: (231) 238-1064
GRS Transportation - Charlevoix: (231) 547-4958
Harbor Care Associates Transport - Petoskey: (231) 439-9222, (877) 439-9141
Petoskey Shuttle and Taxi Service: (231) 881-8800
Straights Regional Ride - Cheboygan: (231) 597-9262
Top of the Hill Taxi - Petoskey: (231) 330-0575

Questions?
For further assistance, please contact McLaren Northern Michigan at (231) 487-4000.

McLaren Northern Michigan Parking Map

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McLaren Flint Cancer Support Staff

An extended team of support is available for patients with cancer. Beyond those that provide treatment, there are resources to aid in the healing and recovery process. A registered dietician is available to counsel patients on nutrition during and after treatment. A social worker can provide patients with assistance in addressing any special needs that arise with a cancer diagnosis. Patients and caregivers can request a meeting with the dietician or social worker by calling the radiation oncology front desk at (810) 342-3800.


American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a source of support and information. An ACS volunteer staffs a dedicated patient resource area at Karmanos Cancer Institute-Flint. The patient resource area includes print materials and online resources. Additional programs coordinated through the ACS provide helpful services to receive support during treatment such as Road to Recovery, where ACS volunteers provide patient transportation to and from treatment; Reach for Recovery mentoring and support program, and the Look Good Feel Better beauty and emotional healing program.

Transportation
Transportation services may be available for patients to receive treatment at no cost. The American Cancer Society provides rides to and from Karmanos Cancer Institute for several patients Monday through Friday. Please call our friendly office staff at 810.342.3800 for more information.

LOOKING FOR HELP? Let Us Introduce You To...

Jean Battles, LMSW, ACSW
Medical Social Worker
(810) 342-3847
Individual Counseling
Community Referrals
Help Acquiring Resources
Consultation and Coordination
Problem Solving 

Emily Kuberski, RD
Registered Dietitian
(810) 342-3823
Provides nutritional information specific to each cancer patient
Individual counseling regarding nutritional needs
Provides some supplemental nutritional assistance

Gail Singer,
MA, LPC, ATR
Art Therapy
(810) 342-4206
Individual counseling and/or art therapy in office or during chemotherapy
Group sessions at the Flint Institute of Arts, during the Breast Cancer Support Group, and at monthly art workshops at Karmanos Cancer Institute
Continuing support after treatment ends 

Karla Byce, BHSA, HIT
Patient Accounts Coordinator
(810) 342-3803
Help with questions regarding:
Facility billing
Financial help options
Referrals to L & S
(Medicaid expediting service)
Assistance with Charity Care
Help finding other programs that may help with financial burdens