When the diagnosis is cancer, there’s comfort in knowing that you don’t have to go far from home for treatment. Ocala Health is your partner, providing the best in prevention, screening, education, and care for cancer patients and their families. The cancer program at Ocala Health’s Ocala Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services. With more than 25 years of specialized service, you can trust you'll be treated with the best of care.

While the facilities are important, it’s our multi-disciplinary team, aiding in the patient’s treatment, which makes the difference in each patient’s care. One of the main assets in the patient’s team is the oncology patient navigator that is there to walk you through the process and to provide convenience, continuity, and genuine care.

Cancer Care


  • Breast cancer Chemotherapy
  • Colorectal cancer LDCT
  • Gastrointestinal cancer Rotbotic surgery
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer

Oncology Patient Navigators

Jolene Hetsler, RN
Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator
(352) 401-1534

Michelle Sawdon, RN
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
(352) 291-6328

Ocala Health works together with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, to provide experienced, compassionate nurse navigators to support patients as they go through the many stages of living with cancer.

If you have been recently diagnosed with either lung or breast cancer, reach out to our navigators. Your nurse navigator is your medical system advocate and will help you, and your family, understand each part of the cancer journey while compassionately supporting your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

To meet the rest of our multi-disciplinary team, check out the section below.

Our Team

Board certified physicians – physicians with exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice

Oncology Certified Nurses – OCN specialty-trained nurses who have the knowledge necessary to care for adult oncology patients. This certification validates an individual's knowledge in cancer nursing

Oncology patient navigator – a nurse who helps you to make the transition from diagnosis to treatment simple and seamless in order to help you through your recovery and healing process

Specialized pharmacists – pharmacists trained in oncology medicines

Pathologists – a physician (MD or DO) who is trained to examine and interpret results of tests done on body tissue. This information is important for your diagnosis and recovery

Case managers – advocates who help you understand your current health status, what you can do about it, and why treatments are important

Social workers - professionals who are knowledgeable about available community and governmental resources and psychosocial implications for individuals and families. He or she provides appropriate interventions and discharge planning services

Licensed clinical dietitians – a licensed specialist who will help you plan your diet

Genetic couseling referral – a professional who provides comprehensive cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, patient education, and genetic testing

Our Services

Inpatient Oncology Services

The cancer program at West Marion Community Hospital has a dedicated 12-bed inpatient unit where many of the rooms are private. This family-centered untit encourages involvement of family and friends through the use of our Cancer Resource Room located on the second floor. There, they can find information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options through numerous books, video tapes, DVDs and internet resources.

Diagnostic Imaging

Services used to determine the location and specific type of disease are provided at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital. Complete diagnostic imaging services available include: CT scan, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound. For your outpatient diagnostic needs, contact Advanced Imaging Centers, a member of the Ocala Health team.

Advanced Imaging Centers

Surgical Services

Ocala Health offers you and your doctor a comprehensive place to go for cancer surgery. There are many goals associated with surgery, whether it's to diagnose, treat, or relieve the symptoms it causes.

Your team, together, will best decide the right one for you. Ocala Health's navigator will be here to provide you with additional education and/or support you need throughout this process.

  • Prevention/Screening
    • Mammo
    • Colonoscopy
    • LDCT
    • HPV
  • Diagnostic
    • Polypectomy
  • Curative
    • Lympectomy
    • Hysterectomy
  • Restorative
  • Palliative

Comprehensive Laboratory Services

The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) approvals ensure that we have quality laboratory services for all patients.

Radiation Oncology

Full radiation therapy services are available a short distance from the hospital.

Genetic Counseling

A small but significant percentage of cancers are hereditary. Identification of individuals at increased risk to develop cancer by virtue of a strong family history or an altered gene allows for early intervention. Screening has the potential to detect cancer at an early stage when prognosis is generally better and risk-reducing strategies may prevent disease from occurring. Therefore, patients can learn very important information during genetic counseling that may change their medical management. Most patients who pursue genetic counseling are interested in learning what the chances are that they will develop cancer (or develop cancer again) and what the risks may be for their children.

Genetic Counseling service referrals are available and can provide comprehensive cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, patient education, and genetic testing for patients who are concerned about cancer risk.

Valuable Resources in Your Community

In addition to these listed below, our cancer program has relationships with HUGS, Palliative Care, Royal Dames, Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and many other helpful organizations. Ask the oncology patient navigator for more information about community resources and support at (800) 530-1188.