Social Work

HOA’s Social Work Department is comprised of three licensed, certified social workers with many years of experience.  Gussie Sorensen (LCSW-R, OSW-C), Diana D'Eredita (LCSW), and Pamela Coffey (LCSW-R) are available to all patients and their family members for counseling, bereavement, and group support, as well as to assist our patients with finding opportunities to deal with financial challenges. 

Hope and confidence are needed to counter the emotional drain on men and women who must deal with cancer. From surprise to denial, anger to fear, uncertainty to despair, the emotional reaction to cancer can take a toll on marriages, relationships, and livelihoods. Support groups can help patients, caregivers and family members share their experiences, regain control and get on with their lives.

HOA offers a free, ongoing Recurrent and Metastatic Cancer Support Group and other time-limited educational and support groups throughout the yearPlease call for current meeting times and locations. In addition, there are several local organizations that offer a variety of supports. Please click here, for a list of Community Resources available to you. 


**The Recurrent and Metastatic Cancer Support Groups has resumed meetings. Please call 315-472-7504 ext 1067 for detail and to reserve your spot. Thank you!


 HOA Social Worker - Pam CoffeyHOA Social Worker - GussieHOA Social Worker - Diana D'Eredita