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Health & Wellness
Fall 2013
The Garden City Telegram
Breast Program coordinator.
When she was fighting breast cancer,
all she had to do was email or text mes-
sage her doctors if she had a question.
She received treatments in Garden City
and had her family by her side.
Wright-Renick said she wondered
how those who don’t work in health
care navigate the complicated world
of breast cancer. Now, it’s her job to
help people navigate that world.
Wright-Renick has been a nurse for
15 years. Most recently, she worked
in the ICU and was a sexual assault
nurse. She accepted her new job in
June and started in August.
“I cried,” she said. “It’s emotional
on so many parts. I was going to be
able to pay it forward. Everybody was
going to have access to what I had
access to, but close to home.”
Team of Doctors
The Breast Center consists of the
following: Dr. Matthew Byrnes, Breast
Program medical director; Wright-
Renick, registered nurse and the Breast
Program coordinator; Dr. Restituto
Tibayan and Dr. Mark Fesen, medical
oncologists; Dr. Claudia Perez-Tamayo,
radiation oncologist; Dr. Soen Liong
and Dr. Agustinus Suhardja, radiolo-
gists; and Dr. Eva Vachal and Dr. Bruce
Melin, pathologists.
Wright-Renick’s job has several
components. She’s the breast program
coordinator, a breast nurse navigator,
a breast survivorship navigator and a
clinical trials nurse.
As a breast nurse navigator,
Wright-Renick guides patients
through the healthcare system. Some
women need more care than others,
she said. For some, she’ll go to doc-
tor’s appointments, take notes, and
explain to the women afterward what
the doctor said.
Wright-Renick said it’s difficult, as
a breast cancer patient, to understand
and remember what doctors tell you
because your world comes crashing
down when you have cancer.
Wright-Renick has a message for
cancer patients: “You’re not alone.
I didn’t say it would be easy, I just
said it would be worth it,” she said. “I
want you to have access to everything
I had access to. We’re here to make it
as tolerable and bearable as possible.”
As a breast survivorship navigator,
Wright-Renick will support patients
after their treatment is complete. She’ll
also coordinate a patient’s care through
primary care providers and develop a
cancer survivorship care plan.
She’ll also address the patient’s
physical, emotional, spiritual and
psychosocial needs.
“We’ve come so far. There’s so
much we can do. I don’t want you
to be alone in this journey,” Wright-
Renick said. “We are here every step
of the way. Let us help you make this
journey as easy as possible.”
As a clinical trials nurse, she
provides information to qualifying
patients for available clinical trials.
Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials are done
locally in Garden City in conjunction
with the Central Care Cancer Center
and the Midwest Cancer Alliance.
The Breast Program provides care
for people in and around Garden
City, as well as a number of other
counties, including to the Colorado,
Nebraska, and Oklahoma state lines.
“Medicine has come so far. Technolo-
gy has come so far,” Wright-Renick said.
“Get your yearly screenings. Do your
self breast exams. Talk to your doctor.”
Wright-Renick also wanted to
stress that if anyone knows of breast
cancer resources, to reach out and
contact her with that information.
She can be contacted at heather-
or by calling (620) 272-2360. There’s
also a breast cancer support group
that meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the
second Wednesday of every month at
St. Catherine Hospital, in classroom
A and classroom B. Contact Wright-
Renick for more information.
Brad Nading/Telegram
Mammography technician Renee Algrim prepares the data on a computer for a pa-
tient to have a digital screening Oct. 9 at the Women’s Clinic. St. Catherine Hospital has pur-
chased two digital mammography machines, one used at the Women’s Clinic and the other
in the hospital’s imaging department.
Cancer patient Mark Coates, left, talks with
medical oncologist Dr. Resty Tibayan, right, and clinic nurse Holly Herrera Oct. 9 in the
Cancer Center’s ITV room. The ITV system allows patients and staff to have video meetings
with doctors at the University of Kansas Medical Center through a camera and monitors.
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