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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

St. Elizabeth is here for each patient along every step of their journey. We offer a unique approach to patient care that helps us to ensure that all patient needs are met and can be found in one location.

LOCATION(S):

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is located in Northern Kentucky with locations in Edgewood, Florence, Fort Thomas, Covington, and Grant County. Oncology and infusion services are available at all sites (except Covington) and recently expanded to a fifth location in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

St. Elizabeth Oncology will open doors to a state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer center in Fall 2020 at the Edgewood location.

PRACTICE DETAILS (how many providers, how many employees, etc):

The St. Elizabeth Oncology division supports various hematology/oncology specialties and providers, including medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and nurse practitioners. Additional comprehensive services are provided across our centers and include radiation, precision medicine, palliative care, and clinical research. The new cancer center will also provide unique ancillary services for patients and families including art and music therapy, mindful yoga, culinary classes, and more.

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS (are you QOPI certified, etc.)

Commission on Cancer

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/ BRIEF BIO:

Oncology pharmacists are integral team members in all aspects of care, including inpatient and acute care, outpatient infusion services, outpatient clinics, specialty pharmacy, clinical research, and precision medicine. Pharmacists are leaders in the division, maintaining treatment plans and clinical pathways, providing financial advocacy, educating patients and staff, and always working to provide the highest level of comprehensive patient care.

DISPENSING TYPE (RETAIL VS DISPENSARY)

St. Elizabeth Specialty Pharmacy manages and fills prescriptions for critical and complex conditions, including cancer. St. Elizabeth also utilizes internal retail pharmacies for dispensation of supportive cancer medications.

SERVICES PROVIDED (BONE MARROW, RADIATION, CHEMO)

As above

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA?

NCODA is an integral part of oncology pharmacist advocacy. Its national platform connects oncology pharmacy practices and facilitates collaboration between the continuum of oncology care. NCODA provides endless opportunities for information dissemination, including new drug updates and webinars, allowing busy pharmacists to remain up to date in order to provide excellent patient care!

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

Oncolytics Today has always been a mainstay for our practice; however, upon St. Elizabeth’s invitation to speak during the NCODA Webinar Series “Supporting the Practices Through the COVID-19 Pandemic,” we became members.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

NCODA is a well-recognized institution. Partnerships with HOPA, ASCO, ACCC, and ONS potentiate its reputation and broaden its reach.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

St. Elizabeth values the resources developed and shared by NCODA, especially the Cost Avoidance and Waste Tracker and Financial Assistance Tool. We would like to see NCODA continue to innovate and share standardized tools to aid in oncology pharmacy practice and patient care.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

St. Elizabeth would like to continue our positive relationship with NCODA, including opportunities to share our experience and connect clinical practice with the continuum of care.

WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU FACE NOW OR WILL FACE IN THE FUTURE OF ONCOLOGY?

Due to the financial burden of oncology medications and tough patient situations of unaffordability, St. Elizabeth Healthcare would look to NCODA to aid with developing tools to establish a charitable repository of oral oncolytics within practices.

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