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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

Our mission is to provide individualized treatment, utilizing the best technical approach, and recognizing each patient’s psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs during their journey with their illness and healing.

For more than 25 years, Gettysburg Cancer Center has been committed to providing cancer care in a community-based setting close to home. Our all-encompassing oncology and hematology programs provide a complete range of diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. Our caring and educated staff remains dedicated to providing insightful, compassionate care to all of our patients. We understand that every person is unique and we strive to ensure that our patients achieve not only the best possible outcome for their cancer treatment, but also the highest quality care and service during and after treatment. With Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging, as well as an onsite laboratory and pharmacy, we truly offer complete cancer care, under one roof.

LOCATION(S):

Gettysburg, PA

Hanover, PA

PRACTICE DETAILS:

We currently have 3 Hematology/Oncologists, 1 Nurse Practitioner, and about 3 Radiation Oncologists that rotate. The rest of our staff is comprised of 2 Administrators, 2 Administrative Assistants, Front Desk Coordinators (Rad Onc/Hem Onc/Diagnostic Imaging), Medical Assistants, Registered Nurses, Research Coordinators, an MRI Tech, a PET/CT Tech, an Xray Tech, Ultrasound Tech, and 2 Pharmacy Techs. We have about 40-45 staff in total.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

Erin Horner, CPhT, has been with Gettysburg Cancer Center since 2015. It was at that time that the IOD began operating, and continues to grow tremendously each year. Erin also handles all of the patient assistance as well as drug ordering for the entire practice. Sara Eisenhart, CPhT, has been with Gettysburg Cancer Center since Jan of 2019. She has helped to establish the IOD as one of the most important aspects in the care of GCC patients, and does the majority of the dispensing.

DISPENSING TYPE:

Dispensing Pharmacy

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Radiation, Chemotherapy, Pharmacy Services, Infusion Services beyond chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Biopsies, Clinical Research Trial Services, Diagnostic Imaging, Patient Assistance, In-house Billing. We hope to include Social Work in 2020.

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

I joined NCODA looking for guidance provided by my peers in similar work environments. A lot of what I’ve done here at GCC has been self-taught, and I know there is still so much more information out there that we could benefit from.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I became a member via the online registration when it first became available.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

I believe I learned of NCODA through the COA List Serv and COPA websites.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

So far, NCODA has been a great resource for networking as well as providing information that Sara and I can bring back to our practice. We look forward to the Summit/Forums for both of those reasons.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

Currently, I am the Region 9 Leader and Sara is very involved in OPTA, so I do not know if we could be more involved….however, we are game for anything!

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

Some of the challenges we face are maintaining our space as one of the very few independent community oncology practices in the area. There is a  lot of tough competition from hospitals all over our area, specifically right around the corner from our office. We need the resources and tools to make us stand out. Other current challenges include the ACHC Accreditation process. Finally, another challenge that Sara and I face is the lack of understanding as to what a pharmacy technician does, and how vital we are to the success of the company. We have definitely gained a little respect this year, but I still feel like we are not as valued as other departments.

 

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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

To provide high quality, cost-effective health care that delivers the best value to the people we serve in a spiritual environment of caring in association with internationally recognized teaching and research.

LOCATION(S):

Houston Methodist Hospital Texas Medical Center

PRACTICE DETAILS:

12 Physicians: Medical oncology, breast oncologist and hematologists.

5 medical oncologist on their oral chemotherapy

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

Practice site is QOPI accredited.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

 

DISPENSING TYPE:

None, all orders for PO chemotherapy are sent out to specialty pharmacy

SERVICES PROVIDED:

IV chemo, radiation, BMT

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

I joined NCODA due to involvement in oral chemotherapy in my practice.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I looked up the NCODA online and the benefits of membership were remarkable.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

Through HOPA conference 2018. I visited the OCE table and I have been using the sheets in my practice since then. I really didn’t take a closer look at the organization until this year.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

Continued involvement in the organization and engagement with key-stakeholders

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

Continued involvement with OCE team, attendance of conferences, speaking at conferences, NCODA APPE rotation at Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and health sciences (fall 2020/spring 2021) as well as NCODA student organization (fall 2020/spring 2021)

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

  • Keeping up with the changes in practice and use of medications, new indications, biosimilars etc.
  • Continuous integration with all key stakeholders: Payers, Nursing, physicians, patients
  • Advocacy for policy changes that will decrease health disparity for patients on oral chemotherapy
  • Leveraging on our strength as a community
  • Sharing grant writing resources and collaboration

 

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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

In collaboration with our academic partners, our mission is to advance healthcare to improve the health of our patients and communities, promote health equity and develop the next generations of healthcare leaders.

LOCATION(S):

Chicago’s west side

PRACTICE DETAILS:

465 bed Hospital, 7 Health Science Colleges

Heme/Onc

19 chair outpatient infusion center, 13 attendings, 4 APRNs,  9 Oncology PharmDs, 1 PGY2 Oncology Resident, 1 PGY1 Specialty Resident

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

Specialty Pharmacy is URAC and ACHC accredited.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

DISPENSING TYPE:

Health system based Specialty Pharmacy and Clinic imbedded Oncology Pharmacy.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

BMT, RT, Infusion

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

More than any other organization, NCODA is focused on the challenges faced by health care professionals who manage patients on oral anticancer agents.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I applied for membership via the NCODA website.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

I was referred by a colleague, Latha Radhakrishnan.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

NCODA can continue to help me by sharing best practices from it’s membership.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

Promoting OCE and TSK and any other valuable initiative put forward by NCODA.

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

Financial toxicity is one of the biggest challenges my patients and my practice have to contend with.

 

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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

Mission: Miami Cancer Institute provides comprehensive care, to patients with cancer and their families, in a multi-disciplinary setting, with the most innovative, evidence-based approaches available. We focus on compassionate care, delivered in a timely manner, with ready access to highly skilled and professional teams of caregivers.

Vision: Miami Cancer Institute strives to be the preferred treatment destination, for patients with cancer and their families-locally, regionally, and internationally.  Our team will work together to accelerate progress toward our ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Miami Cancer Institute brings together world-class cancer experts and an unmatched dedication to multidisciplinary patient care, cutting-edge technology and innovative cancer treatments. Enhanced by an alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering – a leading academic cancer center, our 140,000-square-foot research facility provides patients access to clinical trials and ground-breaking treatments that could lead to positive outcomes. Miami Cancer Institute is a symbol of medical excellence in every aspect of cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment to research. It also is a symbol of hope, faith and caring, from the building’s design to the skilled physicians, nurses and staff who care for our patients.

LOCATION(S):

8900 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176

Conveniently located on the northeast corner of the Baptist Hospital campus, Miami Cancer Institute provides a comprehensive range of cancer treatments and services in its 445,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art flagship facility.

PRACTICE DETAILS:

The Miami Cancer Institute has about 1,300 total employees which includes 82 physicians and 106 Advance Practice Providers.

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

Miami Cancer institute is an MSK Alliance Partner. The Cancer Alliance is a unique partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and oncology providers like Miami Cancer Institute. Our two organizations work together to adopt into everyday practice at Miami Cancer Institute the Cancer Alliance standards of care. Additionally we are certified by QOPI and Commission on Cancer.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

The Miami Cancer Institute has an oncology sub-specialized and decentralized pharmacy practice model, bringing pharmacy professionals to infusion suites and clinics, allowing for more readily available pharmacy services and close interaction with patients and the multidisciplinary care team.  Primary pharmacy service lines include standard of care infusion, investigational drug services (IDS) infusion, inpatient/outpatient auto- and allogeneic bone marrow transplant, and oral oncolytic monitoring services.  Pharmacy services are expanding rapidly to meet the demands of a growing oncology program.

The pharmacy team is composed of an Assistant Vice President of Oncology Pharmacy, Director of Pharmacy, several managers, supervisors and coordinators, as well as a large group of high-dedicated, highly-motivated, and hardworking group of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy auditors, oncology informatics pharmacists, oncology pharmacy residents, clinical pharmacists and clinical pharmacy specialists.

DISPENSING TYPE:

The Miami Cancer Institute houses its own Specialty Pharmacy which provides services throughout the health system.  This pharmacy has a specialized dispensing and monitoring clinical teams to provide oncology-specific services.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Treatments & Services offered at Miami Cancer Institute include: Radiation Therapy, Interventional Oncology, Genetic Counseling & Testing, Pediatric Cancer Care, Surgery, Diagnostic Testing, Clinical Trials & Research, Preventative Screenings, Proton Therapy, Chemotherapy Outpatient Infusion Services.

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

NCODA has a patient advocacy focused mission which aligns with our goals and mission. Additionally, NCODA provides the opportunity to understand how health systems and different dispensary settings can collaborate and partner to advance the patient experience with oral specialty treatments.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

Connecting with the NCODA leadership allowed us to learn more about the organization and pursue membership.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

We learned about NCODA through a networking event.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

Having access to Quality Standards as well as Oral Chemotherapy Education sheets for patients will greatly improve the care and the information that we provide.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I would like to see NCODA recognize at national meetings practice that bring novel contributions to the oncology professional community as a way to promote quality and innovation in the field.

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

Access to oral chemotherapy agents continues to be challenging at times. Additionally there has been a steady increase in the number of oral oncolytics that are approved and although administration of treatment at home is convenient for patients, the complexities and toxicities of the agents continues. Continuous monitoring and follow-up with patients is key in obtaining optimal results with little adverse effects.

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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

With experience, commitment and a shared vision of how we can positively impact patients’ lives, we’re changing the future of healthcare in our community. Understanding that each of our patients is a unique individual, our goal is to: provide the most advanced, clinically-proven treatments for their disease; provide access to clinical trials; offer a place of comfort where our patients feel welcome and safe; treat not only our patients’ physical needs, but provide resources to address their emotional needs.

As a dedicated team of physicians and talented staff, we provide support for our patients, their families and caregivers, throughout their journey, with personalized care and education on how best to cope with their illness.

LOCATION(S):

  • 3945 E. Paradise Falls Drive, #105, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 3987 E. Paradise Falls Drive, #119, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 6288 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 514 Whitehouse Canyon Road, #110, Green Valley, AZ 85614
  • 2115 W. 16th Street, Safford, AZ 85546
  • 507 Western Avenue, Nogales, AZ 85621
  • 1710 N. Mastick Way, Nogales, AZ 85621

PRACTICE DETAILS:

Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists (ABCS) has nine medical oncologists / hematologists, and one surgeon with Arizona Breast Health Specialists, our newest division of ABCS.

ABCS Medical Oncologists / Hematologists

  • Robert J. Brooks, MD
  • Jonathan E. Schwartz, MD
  • Manuel R. Modiano, MD
  • Guillermo Gonzalez-Osete, MD
  • Haroon Ahmad, MD
  • Bruce W. Porterfield, MD, PhD
  • Natalie Stanton, MD
  • Shamudheen M. Rafiyath, MD
  • Catherine Azar, MD

ABHS Surgeon

  • Vanessa Roeder, MD

ABCS Advanced Practice Providers

  • Nancy Taylor, FNP-C
  • Judith Slowey, MSN, NP
  • Linda Moors, PA-C
  • Molly Grassman, PA-C
  • Kathy Kennel, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN (Palliative Care Practitioner)

ABCS / ABHS Clinical / Administrative Staff

  • We have 68 clinical / administrative team

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

We are not currently QOPI certified, but we are working to get that certification.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

Each of our pharmacy techs have over twenty years of experience dispensing oral and IV chemothrapy in a community clinic setting.

  • Lela Conrad, CPhT
  • Carol Hemersbach, CPhT
  • Rosa Burchill, CPhT
  • Monica Dominguez, CPhT
  • John H. Garcia, CPhT
  • Sandra Harrison, CPhT

                                 

Tucson – Paradise Falls Team                                                      Green Valley Team

(L-R M. Dominguez, R. Burchill, C. Hemersbach, L. Conrad)      (L-R S. Harrison, J. Garcia)

DISPENSING TYPE:

Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists will open a dispensary, however it is not currently operational.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

  • Medical Oncology / Hematology
  • Chemotherapy
  • Breast Surgery

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

I joined NCODA because of their “passion for patients”. I share that passion and know that NCODA can aid in providing our patients with the best care.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I became a member through my affiliation with Linda Frisk, RPh. She encouraged me to become active with NCODA in order to provide a higher-quality care for oncology patients receiving oral treatments.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

Linda Frisk, RPh, NCODA Executive Council.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

By sharing important and relevant information about best practices, I feel that NCODA is an extremely valuable resource that can help our practice provide a higher-level of care. With the continued growth of the NCODA, and the addition of experts in oncology dispensing to the organization, the benefits to our practice will continue to to grow, and help us to provide the best care possible for our patients.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I have been actively participating with NCODA for three years, having served as Chair for the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association. I would like to assist in helping to grow the role of the pharmacy technician.

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

The biggest challenge is the cost and ability to obtain oral oncolytics for patients. An additional challenge is the PBM’s placing more fees and restrictions on the Medically Integrated Dispensary.

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