The Oncology Nurse Navigation Program at Community Health Network began in 2006 with our breast cancer patients. The program has expanded to include our gynecological oncology patients as well as our gastrointestinal/colorectal patients. Our goal is to have navigation available to all oncology patients in the future. Meet our navigators below!
The nurse navigator acts as a guide, resource, advocate, educator and liaison for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their family. The navigator is the consistent caregiver through the cancer journey, coordinating appointments and schedules while keeping the patient and family actively involved in their plan of care.
Contact and referral
The oncology nurse navigators can be reached by phone Monday through Friday at 317-355-4114, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Breast cancer navigators
Claudia Davis, R.N., OCN, CBCN
Claudia is a registered nurse, certified in oncology and breast health through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Claudia has been with Community since 2000. Her nursing background includes work in the intensive care unit, home care and school nursing.
Claudia was the 2004 winner of Community Health Network’s Nursing Excellence award for patient-focused care; she was also nominated in 2005 and 2006. She was nominated for the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nursing award in 2005 and 2007. In 2007, she was awarded the Indiana Hometown Hero Award by the Indiana Pacers for her work with breast cancer patients. She is a member of the Community Health Network Society for Nursing Excellence.
Claudia has been married for over 40 years. She has three children and two granddaughters.
Sharlee Arkush, R.N., OCN
Sharlee is a registered nurse, certified in oncology through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Sharlee has been with Community Health Network since 2012.
Sharlee received her certification in oncology in 1997 and has worked in oncology for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming a breast health navigator, Sharlee worked in both inpatient oncology and outpatient oncology clinics. She was nominated for the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nursing award in 2005 and 2006.
Sharlee has one daughter and lives with her husband and their dog in downtown Indianapolis.
Carol Huntley, BSN, R.N.
Carol joined the Oncology Nurse Navigation Program in December 2013. She works with gynecological cancer patients, providing services at Community Hospitals North, South and East.
Her nursing career of 30 years includes care of gynecological, breast, and pancreatic cancer patients at the IU Simon Cancer Center. She has been nominated three times for the Indianapolis Star's Salute to Nurses. Carol volunteers for Ovar'coming Together, and is a founding volunteer for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Tissue Bank.
Carol is the mother of two daughters. She enjoys music, reading and travel.
Betsy Lynn, BSN, R.N.
Betsy is a registered nurse who has been with Community since 2002. She joined the breast navigator team in 2013 and provides services for patients at Community Breast Care North. Her nursing background includes work in surgery, most recently assisting the Community North breast surgeons. She has also worked in rural community nursing, neonatal intensive care nursing, and medical-surgical care floor nursing.
Betsy holds a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Christian University and has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing. She has been an instructor for neonatal resuscitation classes.
Betsy and her husband of 25 years live on the north side of Indianapolis with their son. Her interests include quilting, gardening, sailing, reading and spending time outdoors.
Natalie Newman, BSN, R.N.
Natalie has been with Community since 2001. She joined the breast navigator team in 2011 and provides services for patients at Community Breast Care East. She is certified in breast health through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Her nursing background includes emergency room and surgery centers, where she helped care for breast surgical patients.
Natalie holds a B.S. in Nursing from Indiana University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Ball State University. She has worked for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General investigating medical fraud, and as a legal nurse consultant reviewing medical malpractice cases.
Natalie lives on the north side of Indianapolis and enjoys volunteering and fundraising for Team in Training for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Tracy Rush, BSN, R.N.
Tracy has been with Community since 2003. She joined the breast navigator team in 2012 and provides services for patients at Community Hospital North. Prior to becoming a breast health navigator Tracy worked as a school nurse in pediatrics and most recently as a surgical nurse assisting with breast surgical procedures.
Tracy holds a B.S. in Nursing from Purdue University. In 2014, Tracy was named a Golden Graduate by the Purdue School of Nursing in honor of its 50th anniversary.
Tracy lives with her husband and daughter and enjoys cooking, reading and travel.
Head/neck and lung navigator
Raquel Johnson, R.N.
Raquel has been with Community since 2000. She joined the navigation team in 2014 and provides services for patients at Community Hospital East. Her nursing background includes work in cardiovascular surgery, surgery center and inpatient oncology.
She was nominated for the Indianapolis Star Salute to Nursing Award in 2010 and 2013.
Raquel has two daughters and lives in Lawrence with her husband. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, family time and travel.
Crystal Poor, BSN, R.N., OCN
Crystal is a registered nurse who has been with Community Health Network since 2006. She joined the navigation team in 2015 providing services at Community Hospital South for head, neck and lung cancer. Her nursing background includes inpatient oncology, hospice, and medical-surgical floor nursing. Crystal has been nominated for three Daisy Awards for exceptional clinical skill and compassionate care.
Crystal lives with her husband and two dogs and enjoys cooking, traveling and tennis.
GI/Colorectal cancer navigator
Beth Yeadon, R.N., BSN, OCN
Beth has been a nurse for 27 years. She has enjoyed a diverse background including adolescent psych, home care, ambulatory care, and open heart recovery. She discovered her passion when she began working in medical oncology 10 years ago at Community Cancer Center North as a treatment nurse.
She received one of Community Hospital’s Nursing Excellence Awards in 2010. She also achieved her certification in 2010 through the Oncology Nursing Society. In 2014, Beth received a nomination in the Indianapolis Star’s Salute to Nursing contest.
She feels having the opportunity to support patients with cancer on their unplanned journeys is a great gift. Being an oncology nurse is about embracing connectedness with patients, which forms bonds that cannot be easily described, only felt.
Beth and her husband of 28 years, Tim, have four children. She loves to run, hike, bike and generally be outdoors any chance she gets. She enjoys traveling to new places and experiencing challenges which help her grow.
Gynecologic cancer navigator
Natasha Newkirk, BSN, R.N.
Natasha joined Community Health Network in 2015 as a gynecological nurse navigator. Prior to working at Community she was a pediatric ICU nurse and an inpatient pediatric oncology nurse in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout her nursing career, she has received numerous awards for her patient-centered care and teamwork.
Natasha resides in Shelbyville, Indiana with her husband and son. She enjoys being active and spending quality time with her friends and family.