The Intermountain Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) team is composed of dedicated professionals who specialize in caring for individuals undergoing a blood or marrow transplant as well as their families. Transplantation can be both emotionally and physically challenging and therefore, we are here to provide you with the best possible care during your journey through treatment and recovery.
There are many people who play an important role in the transplant process. Together they make up the transplant team. You and your caregivers/family members are an important part of this team. Here’s a look at some of the roles that makes up the team and what is expected of each team member.
- Patients. The patient should be the ultimate decision maker in directing their care. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Tell us what you want. Speak up if you notice physical changes or problems. Let us know if you’re in pain. We also ask that you follow through on treatments and recommendations made by other members of the team.
- Physicians. Our experienced board-certified doctors and mid-level providers treat blood and marrow transplant patients exclusively. Some of their duties include managing your daily physical care, performing procedures and coordinating with other consulting specialists.
- Caregivers. A caregiver is a family member or a close friend, plays the essential role of providing emotional and physical support for the patient. They act as an advocate for the patient. They help with transportation to appointments, care for them at home and make sure all their needs are met. This could be anything from preparing meals to helping with medications.
- Care Coordinators. Each patient is assigned a specific coordinator who will assist you through the entire transplant process. The coordinator is very knowledgeable about the transplant process and is a valuable resource for answers to questions. They can help with setting up appointments, helping with insurance claims and act as your main point of contact for anything related to the transplant.
- Financial Coordinators. The financial coordinator handles all billing and financial issues for both the patient and donor. They work closely with insurance companies to figure out benefits and request authorization. They can also help identify financial assistance options and handles all billing and financial issues.
- Nurses. You will see nurses both in the clinic and in the hospital unit. They assist with your daily care, assess symptoms and side effects, manage medication administration and provide education about your plan of care.
- Social Workers. The social worker can provide emotional support to patients and families. They can help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. They can also help connect you with community resources, housing and spiritual support.
- Dietitians. A dietitian will help you maintain a healthy diet that will give your body the calories and nutrition it needs to heal. They also evaluate your need for intravenous nutrition or other nutrition supplement options.