Social Workers at Vannie Cook Clinic
Learning that a loved one has cancer can be a challenging time—both emotionally and financially. As a facility that focuses on family-centered medical care, our social workers assist patients and their families in adapting to a chronic illness or extended hospitalization.
Social workers assist patients and their families with nonmedical and emotional needs. Dedicated social workers are available to provide emotional support to families as their child undergoes treatment. In addition, social workers can assist families in locating community resources and address concerns that may arise for families including financial issues, transportation, lodging, and educational needs.
Our social workers are trained specifically about the patient's diagnosis and are also part of the patient's treatment team. All of our social workers are Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW).
Patients are provided the opportunity to speak with a social worker who can facilitate the optimal utilization of health care services and community resources, such as financial help and work or school issues. Social workers are sensitive to social issues, such as safety concerns or the need to assess the ability to care for the patient away from the hospital. They understand that talking to children about cancer can be difficult for parents, and can help families speak with their children about their cancer diagnosis.