News | Published December 18, 2008

Medical Center patient navigator receives nationally recognized certification

Kristin Sides, BS, patient navigator for cancer care at Mount Nittany Medical Center, received certification from the only nationally recognized training curriculum for patient navigators.

Sides attended the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in New York City in October and was awarded certification. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, she has a background in health and human development. Prior to becoming the first patient navigator for cancer care in Centre County in February 2007, she also worked for the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.

The Patient Navigator Program offers a support network for cancer patients to help to ensure that those with cancer receive the best care possible. The patient navigator assists patients with programs and services that help them manage life with cancer, such as guidance in finding funding for cancer treatments, assistance with living expenses, and programs that offer other services, such as transportation and aid at home.

Funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Patient Navigator Program is designed for those with any form of cancer. For more information on the program, call Sides at 814.234.6175 or e-mail

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Located in State College, Pa., Mount Nittany Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, 203-bed acute care facility leading the region in medical, surgical, outpatient, diagnostic and cancer care services. The Medical Center employs about 1,300 skilled healthcare professionals and support staff, and has more than 240 credentialed, independently-employed physicians in 43 specialties and subspecialties. Committed to moving Life Forward, Mount Nittany Medical Center is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community we serve. For more information, visit