Conemaugh Nurse Earns Breast Care Navigator Certification

January 2, 2019

Conemaugh Health System Breast Health Nurse Navigator, Missy Felton, has earned her Breast Care Navigator certification. This certification brings additional benefit to breast cancer patients as part of Conemaugh’s comprehensive women’s services.

Felton started her role as Conemaugh’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator in October 2015. Her primary role is to navigate patients through the health care system, expediting diagnosis and treatment. She works to eliminate barriers for the patient, while providing support and a resource for questions and concerns.

“It is incredible being able to establish bonds with these patients,” said Felton. “I make sure each patient knows from the beginning that I work for her, and I help her understand all of the treatment options available so she can make the best decision.”

Felton earned her certification through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, which identifies the purpose of certification as a means to set standards of achievement and the professional’s role.

Patient benefits of this certification to patients and families include:

  • Assurance that the provider of care is qualified and competent
  • Improved quality, safety, and accuracy of care by advanced skilled professionals
  • Expanded knowledge about choices and treatment options
  • More empowerment in decision-making
  • Knowledge that the professional is dedicated to improve their quality of patient care

Felton graduated from Conemaugh School of Nursing. Throughout her career, Felton has worked in the ICU, for the IV team, and radiology MRI. To earn her certification, she attended a two day training session in New York City at the Harold P. Freeman Navigation Institute, named after the man who founded patient navigation. She trained with Freeman prior to her certification exam. She chose to obtain her certification because she felt she owed it not only to her employers, but to her patients. “I want them to know I’m willing to go the extra step to be the best that I can be for them.”

Felton also works in the community at various events to bring awareness to breast cancer screening, and the importance of early detection. “I LOVE my job. It is the most fulfilling, exhausting, fun, heart-wrenching, rewarding job that I have ever had,” Felton adds, “It rips my heart out to tell a 41-year-old mother of three that she has breast cancer, but rewarding when she comes to see me cancer free a year later.”

Conemaugh Health System offers breast health services including 3D mammography and the latest in biopsy technology. Conemaugh Physician Group – Breast Surgery also recently welcomed Dr. Renee Arlow, fellowship trained breast surgeon to its team. Dr. Arlow and Missy Felton are both located at Conemaugh East Hills, 1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown.

Conemaugh Physician Group – Breast Surgery, 814.262.2444
Breast Nurse Navigator – 814.534.3345