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Social Work

The Valley Gamma Knife Center is proud to offer social work services to patients and their families. Our Licensed Social Worker, Suzanne Kaufman, is always available to address your questions and find ways to help you manage your treatment diagnosis.

Suzanne can provide supportive counseling, serve as a patient advocate, help patients locate community resources, assist with financial or transportation problem solving and address patients’ emotional concerns. Coordination of home care and palliative care services are also available. In an effort to provide comprehensive care, patients can also be referred to integrative healing services such as essential oils, massage therapy, guided imagery and relaxation, yoga, tai chi and various support groups.

Financial Advocacy

Our Patient Financial Advocate, Gail Johnson, is here to counsel you and your family on insurance benefits and copayments and will contact your insurance company directly on your behalf to resolve coverage questions.

“My job is to take the worry out of the financial component of Gamma Knife treatment so you can focus on being treated and healing,” Gail says.

If you’re uninsured or underinsured, Gail will work to identify programs that assist with medical bills, such as New Jersey’s charity care or the federal Medicaid program. If you need a payment plan set up, she can help with that, too.

Patient and Family Centered Care

Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among healthcare providers, patients, and families.

PFCC has four core elements and these four elements create a patient and family centered environment:

  • Respect and Dignity — Healthcare practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.
  • Information Sharing — Healthcare practitioners communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete and accurate information in order to effectively participate in care and decision making.
  • Participation — Patients and families are encouraged and supported in participating in care and decision-making at the level they choose.
  • Collaboration — Patients and families are included on an organization-wide basis. Healthcare leaders collaborate with patients and families in policy and program development, implementation and evaluation; in healthcare facility design; and in professional education, as well as in the delivery of care.