Artice presented as panelist at International Cancer Education Conference

Artice presented as panelist at International Cancer Education Conference

Plenary session on Patient Navigation: Multi-Directional Approaches-Same Goals

Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Eugenia “Gina” Artice, MSN, CRNP, recently presented at the 2022 International Cancer Education Conference (ICEC) Oct. 12-14 in College Park.

Advancing Cancer Health Equity through Community Engagement and Patient Navigation served as this year’s conference theme. Artice presented in the ‘Patient Navigation: Multi-Directional Approaches – Same Goals’ plenary session.

“It was an honor to be selected to speak as a panelist about patient navigation at the ICEC 2022,” said Artice, who has served as the oncology patient navigator and clinical supervisor for the past seven years at the WVU Cancer Institute, James & Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center at GRMC. “I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the experience and education with others across the country and internationally.”

The 2022 ICEC was co-organized by the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE), the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN) and the European Association for Cancer Education (EACE).

At GRMC, Artice currently oversees the cancer navigator program, which she was instrumental in creating from the ground up. 

“Being part of the inception of our top-quality cancer care team at the WVU Cancer Institute at GRMC required dedication to self-education and networking to be able to design an oncology navigation program that accomplishes the goals of exceptional patient care,” noted Artice, who has been with GRMC for the last 24 years.  

Initially funded through a $600,000, three-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, GRMC’s cancer navigation program was flagged as a top innovative program for rural health in the United States through Rural Health Models & Innovations, a national collection of successful rural health programs and interventions created by the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), a program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

In addition to coordination of patient care with the goal of timely treatment, Artice offers education, guidance and emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones, including mitigation of burdens, such as transportation and securing financial assistance for copays on medications and appeals for insurance coverage.

Artice currently serves as a board member for Hospice of Garrett County, Inc., Garrett Regional Medical Center Foundation, and Cindy’s Fund, a very active local cancer foundation in Garrett County. 

She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators. Artice co-authored an article for the Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship titled Novice Navigator: Case Study on Survivorship/End of Life – Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (jons-online.com). She lives with her family near Oakland.

According to the ICEC’s website, the 2022 conference featured more than 250 educators, physicians, nurses, public health professionals, researchers, students, and social workers from around the world.

Since clinically affiliating with WVU Medicine in 2015, GRMC has greatly increased the specialty care services available at its Oakland campus and transformed the hospital into a true regional medical center. 

For more information on Garrett Regional Medical Center, visit https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org