Patient Navigator
Tonica Anderson, RN, BSN, OCN
Lung, Gastrointestinal
618.985.3333, ext. 68305 |

Tonica has a diverse background in nursing, which includes several years in oncology. She previously worked in home, health and hospice for several years, followed by several years working in community outreach and education. She is a member of the Illinois Cancer Partnership Executive Committee and has worked at the SIH Cancer Institute since 2009, just after her mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer. All of these experiences led Tonica to choose to become a cancer patient navigator.

“I have seen firsthand how devastating hearing the words ‘you have cancer’ can be not only to the patient but also to the family,” Anderson says. “As a navigator, my goal is to make what is typically considered a really bad time in someone’s life a little bit easier.”

Patient Navigator
Diane Clayton, RN, OCN
Head/Neck, Genitourinary
618.985.3333, ext. 68318 |

Diane Clayton has worked at SIH for more than two decades, serving primarily in Radiation Oncology. She was most impacted by her father’s lung cancer diagnosis in 2013. His experience opened her eyes to see firsthand that care does not stop after an eight-hour day.

“His diagnosis is why I chose to become a cancer patient navigator,” Clayton says. “My goal is to provide the best care for patients and family members. I will be a patient’s advocate, as well as their partner. I want patients to know they are not alone.”

Patient Navigator
Krystal Ramsey BSN., RN, OCN
618.985.3333, ext. 68139 |

Krystal has been an oncology nurse since 2007, after graduating from Murray State University. Her passion is oncology and guiding both patients and caregivers throughout a diagnosis. Her goal is to foster hope and empowerment, by encouraging patient education and advocacy.

“I learn so much more from patients than I could ever give back,” Ramsey says. “Cancer is not just about understanding the disease and the treatment. A patient is so much more than a diagnosis.”

Financial Navigator
Jackie Austin
618.985.3333, ext. 68317 |

Jackie has worked at SIH Cancer Institute for over five years as a Financial Navigator. She’s passionate about her role in dealing with insurance and all the work associated with it, which gives patients more time to focus on healing.

“When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, I know they could feel financially burdened,” Austin says. “This is where I start investigating their insurance benefits. I try to find the best form of assistance to help ease that burden.”