St. Joseph’s and American Cancer Society team up to enhance care for patients with cancer

The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's.

Through generous donations and collaborative efforts, St. Joseph’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society in Arizona are helping to smooth out bumps in the road for patients throughout their journey with cancer.  

Through the partnership and thanks to funding from the American Cancer Society, patients receiving treatment at the UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s need never worry about missing appointments due to transportation issues. The organization has made a generous gift to St. Joseph’s to provide rides to and from the cancer center for patients in need. It’s just one way to help make a difference.

An even more beneficial resource for patients at St. Joseph’s is access to a dedicated Patient Navigator. That’s where Rose Oliverez enters the picture ….

Rose has worked with the American Cancer Society in the area of Patient Navigation for 15 years, currently assigned to the UA Cancer Center at St Joseph’s. Rose brings a patient-centered approach to her work and focuses on addressing critical barriers to care such as transportation needs and resources combating the extensive financial burden her patients face. Rose created a resource guide that is a go-to toolkit connecting patients and healthcare providers to those local and national cancer support programs to ensure the patients have the best experience possible throughout their cancer journey. 

Rose is oncology patient navigation-certified through the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators. She says she stays motivated by her family, faith and her furry dog friends, Princess and Jack.