In early November of 2010, The People’s Community Wellness Center, one of the Montgomery Cares safety-net clinics, saw a female patient for a clinical breast exam.
The exam revealed abnormal findings and the Clinic Patient Navigator submitted the diagnostic mammogram referral to Holy Cross Hospital through their Komen-Community Assisted Mammogram Program (KCAMP). The hospital contacted the patient to schedule a mammogram, which resulted in a BI-RAD score of 5, highly suggestive of malignancy. The Nurse Navigator at the hospital notified the clinic of the results, submitted the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) application to the State for expedited approval, and scheduled the patient for an appointment with a surgical consult. The patient completed a stereotactic biopsy within 5 days of the consult and was diagnosed with cancer with surgery recommended. The Maryland BCCP approved the patient’s application and her treatment is covered through Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP).
The patient is extremely thankful for the help she received both from the clinic and the hospital navigators in order to receive care.