Leigh Ann Solometo joins Augusta Health Cancer Center

solometo_leigh1Leigh Ann Solometo, RN, BS, CBCN, has joined Augusta Health Cancer Center as its first Lung/Colorectal Cancer Nurse Navigator.

Her role is similar to Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator Meg Shrader’s—to support cancer patients and help them navigate the complex healthcare system by guiding them, answering their questions, and connecting them with the resources they need.

“I see myself as an advocate for my patients, offering encouragement, support and guidance throughout the cancer journey,” says Solometo.  “I am an experienced nurse and a cancer survivor myself.  I strongly believe that every person and every family member should be treated with respect, compassion and the highest standard of care.”

Solometo received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from James Madison University and her AD in Nursing from Belleville College.  She has worked in both the Operating Room and ICU, and as a Breast Care Navigator, for the Inova system in northern Virginia.  In 2011, she received the Inova Health System Compassion Award.  She is a Certified Breast Care Navigator (CBCN) through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

When away from work, Solometo likes to garden, quilt and spend time by the river.

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for clinical excellence and patient safety.  For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or 540.221.7329, or visit our website, www.augustahealth.com.

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