Being told that you have a brain tumor or other condition requiring Gamma Knife treatment can be overwhelming. But The Gamma Knife Center’s Nurse Navigators, Susan Visco, R.N., and Kelly LoPresti, R.N., B.S.N., are here to help.
“We're the first ones they talk to when they call, and we call them with updates and help coordinate their appointments,” says Susan, who’s been a nurse at The Valley Hospital for more than 31 years. “We're with them during the entire procedure.”
Susan and Kelly form the backbone of The Gamma Knife Center’s patient support system and act as the go-to people for assistance with everything from verifying insurance, scheduling appointments with the doctors who may be involved in treatment and educating patients and their families about the procedure to fielding questions and concerns, caring for patients on treatment day and coordinating follow-up care.
“Sometimes patients call or come in with high anxiety,” Susan says. “When they leave, they’re reassured and in a calm state of mind. That’s important to us.
“It isn’t just physical care that’s important,” she adds. “Patients need emotional support and a healing environment, too. It’s about the continuity of care. They know that when they call the Center, Kelly and I are the ones on the other end of the line.”
Have a question? Contact Susan or Kelly at 201-634-5677.
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The Valley Hospital is pleased to be one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon — the latest technology for the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors and neurological conditions in the brain.