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The Oncology Social Work Department

For people diagnosed with cancer, an oncology social worker is an important member of the healthcare team, helping them navigate the health care system and find support to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer. This includes: providing counseling, educational/informa-tional services, discharge and home care planning services and referrals to community resources for people with cancer, their families and friends. Here at the Cancer Center three (3) social workers are oncology certified through The Board of Oncology Social Work Certification. We also offer extensive case management services.

Our Department of Oncology Social Work follows cancer patients throughout the trajectory of cancer care beginning with the diagnosis through their treatment outcome. We follow and support both the inpatient and outpatient population. We assess all patients who begin chemo/radiation. We assist patients/families to best navigate this complex medical system.

Meg Lemire-Berthel, MSW, LCSW, OSWC, CCM

Director of Oncology Social Work

Education: BS from Springfield College and MSW in Social Work from Springfield College
Certifications: Certified Case Manager, Certified Oncology Social Worker Diplomat in Psychotherapy; Trained: Collaborative IRB Dana Farber/Harvard Training Initiative Core Human Subject Protection Education
Areas of Concentration: Group Dynamics, Community Outreach, Financial Planning, and Crisis Intervention
Specialty: Case Management and Palliative Care

Heidi Parker, MSW, LICSW, ACHPSW, OSWC

Oncology Social Worker

Education: BSW from Salem State University and MSW in Social Work from Boston University
Trained: Collaborative IRB Dana Farber/Harvard Training Initiative Core Human Subject Protection EducationCertifications: Certified Oncology Social Worker and Certified Palliative Care
Areas of Concentration:
Community Resource Planning and Crisis Intervention
Specialty: Palliative Care

Jackie Sawyer, RN, CCM, ANCC

Case Manager

Education: RN from Burbank Hospital School of Nursing and BS from University of Lowell
Certifications: Certified Case Manager
Trained: Collaborative IRB Dana Farber/Harvard Training Initiative Core Human Subject Protection Education,
Areas of Concentration: Community Resource Planning
Specialty: Case Management

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