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Tunnell Cancer Center Annual Report 2010-2011

Tunnell Cancer Center Annual Report 2010-2011

Chairman's Message

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By Brian Costleigh, M.D., Radiation Oncologist

At this time of year, we at Tunnell Cancer Center pause to look at what we have accomplished and at how we plan to continue to bring the highest standards of care to our patients.

This year the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer granted Tunnell Cancer Center a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation. It is the third time that Tunnell Cancer Center has gained the coveted Commendation designation, although Tunnell Cancer Center has consistently received Commission accreditation. We are also happy to announce that we now have two fellowship-trained oncologists on our team with the arrival of Chia-Chi Wang, DO, who has joined the Beebe Medical Staff.

The need for our services has grown as our local population increases. Because of this demand, we committed to expanding our Radiation Oncology program and are now installing a second radiation therapy system. This new system will allow us to schedule appointments more conveniently for our patients, and will mean there will be no interruption in treatments because of maintenance or repair. It will be available in 2012.

We continue to offer our patients many of the latest treatment options, whether on-site or through our referral process. Each new patient receives an individualized treatment plan developed by our multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and pharmacists. We also continue to offer our eligible patients opportunities to take part in clinical trials and to have genetic counseling.

With the knowledge that early diagnosis and treatment can lead to better outcomes, we expanded our outreach and screening programs. The Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Sisters (SOS2) program, funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate, focuses on breast cancer prevention in underserved populations. Our cancer screening nurse navigators and lay health navigators touched more than 3,700 women and cultivated partnerships with several community organizations. They also attended events and visited churches, schools, and community centers, spread-ing the word about the importance of screenings.

This past year we introduced a patient resource guide that gives detailed information to help patients, their families, and their caregivers understand the emotional impact of being newly diagnosed and to prepare them for chemotherapy treatment. This education coincides with our “What Color Is Your Ribbon” seminars where patients, their families, and caregivers can have their questions answered by members of the Tunnell Cancer Center clinical team. I do not want to forget our WellCoach program that supports our patients, both physically and emotionally, as they travel their survivorship journey.

We at Tunnell Cancer Center—our physicians, staff, and volunteers, and our philanthropic supporters—are committed to our patients and making sure that they receive the best care that is available. I want to thank all of you who have supported us in this endeavor.

Dr. Brian Costleigh’s signature Dr. Brian Costleigh

Beebe Medical Center Cancer Committee Roster 2011

Muhammad Arif,      M.D. Cheyenne Luzader Srihari Peri,      M.D. Susan Strawbridge,      RN Isabel Benson,      RN, OCN, NP Barbie McDaniel,      RN Judith Ramirez,      EdD Lynn Van Pelt,      RN Allison Clobes,      RN, OCN Jerry McLamb,      RN Michael Ramjattansingh,      M.D. Kim Westcott,      MS, RD Kathy Cook,      RN Donna Miskin,      RN, OCN Cherrie Rich,      RN, Director Clare Wilson,      RN Brian Costleigh,      M.D. Helen Moody,      CTR Anis Saliba,      M.D. Rev. Keith Goheen Richard Palmer,      M.D. Aasim Sehbai,      M.D. Cheryl Hoechner,      MS, BCOP Richard Paul,      M.D. James Spellman,      M.D.