Working with other members of Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center’s patient care team, our Oncology Social Worker contributes to our holistic approach by helping patients and their families through the challenges brought about by cancer and treatment. Barbara Bates, a social worker who specializes in helping cancer patients and their families, has been practicing in the Walla Walla community since 1991. She is trained to help patients adjust to illness, to the ups and downs of treatment, and to role changes within the family. She is eager to provide emotional support to you and those closest to you through individual and family counseling, and through support programs, classes and other services which can reduce stress for you and your family through all phases of your cancer. Our Social Worker can also help you access financial resources and insurance and disability benefits along with community resources such as transportation, housing, home health or hospice care.
All services provided by our Social Worker are offered free. You can contact her at (509) 522-5700, ext. 2773, or ask your doctor or nurse to call her.
Our Community Coordinator, Mardi Hagerman, a registered nurse, serves as a resource, providing patients with information to help them understand their disease and treatment. She may, for example, initiate contact with new patients prior to their first visit to the Cancer Center to help answer questions and coordinate the logistics of their upcoming treatment. She also serves as facilitator for several of the support programs and classes offered to patients and their families at the Cancer Center.
She also arranges cancer screening clinics throughout the year and develops and presents educational programs in the local schools and in other community settings.
You can reach Mardi Hagerman at (509) 522-5700, ext. 2772.