Patient Navigator, Katie Hanna
Resource Center, 3rd Floor
Katie Hanna serves as the Patient Navigator in the Patient & Family Resource Center and spends her days helping patients, families, and caregivers.
The Patient & Family Resource Center offers many services to help patients, families, and caregivers navigate their journey from diagnosis to survivorship.
“I love that my job is never predictable and that no two days are the same,” Katie said. “At times that is a challenge, but I wouldn’t trade it, because I know that no two patients’ or caregivers’ needs are the same. I am privileged to be able to help our patients and families with whatever will help them along their treatment journey. Sometimes that means helping them find resources through Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) or in the community, getting them information on their diagnosis and treatment, or helping them connect with family and friends on patient web pages like CaringBridge.”
In her role as patient navigator, Katie is available to provide information and educational materials relating to diagnosis, treatment, coping, and other topics. She often refers SCCA patients and families to support groups, classes, and community offerings, and helps identify resources available for financial assistance, transportation, housing, and other needs as appropriate. “I am able to connect with SCCA supportive care departments to help address identified needs, as well,” she said. “There are many resources and services at SCCA and the Resource Center. I’m here to help people take advantage of those offerings.”
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver. While she has worked in fields ranging from retail to law, she finds SCCA to be a special place for her and patients.
“SCCA provides such a dynamic experience for patients by partnering leading-edge research and education with state-of-the-art patient care. My goal as patient navigator is to assist patients, their families, and their caregivers throughout their care with SCCA by educating them about the system and the resources available to them.”