Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care appoints two to new positions

Monday, February 11, 2013

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New director of medical oncology and oncology patient navigator bring depth of experience to caring for cancer patients and their families

Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care in Fall River, MA, North Dartmouth, MA and Newport, RI, has announced the appointment of Susan O’Brien, MSN, RNP, as director of medical oncology, and Nancy L. Sullivan, RN, MS, CCM, as oncology patient navigator.Susan O'Brien, Director, Medical Oncology

O’Brien (right, top) brings extensive experience as a clinician and leader in cancer care. An adult nurse practitioner and advanced oncology-certified nurse with certifications in biotherapy, chemotherapy, and as a biotherapy/chemotherapy trainer, O’Brien has served Saint Anne’s for more than 26 years in clinical and leadership roles. Most recently, she served as nurse practitioner in Saint Anne’s medical oncology program for 12 years. She previously served as director of medical oncology of the hospital’s Hudner Oncology Center and as a nurse manager at Saint Anne’s and other hospitals.

A graduate of Bristol Community College and Salve Regina University, O’Brien earned her master’s degree in nursing at Boston University and her nurse practitioner certificate at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. A resident of Portsmouth, RI, she is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society.

In her new role as oncology patient navigator, Sullivan (right, bottom) serves as the main contact for cancer patients and their referring physicians in obtaining and explaining their care. An experienced nurse clinician, case manager, and performance improvement specialist, Sullivan offers a wide variety of services, including coordinating or explaining tests and treatments; providing referrals for financial needs and other community-based services; and helping patients schedule appointments and obtain transportation if needed.Nancy Sullivan, Oncology Patient Navigator

With more than 30 years in nursing roles that have focused on patient education, care coordination, and case management, Sullivan brings experience as a patient mentor and advocate in to her new role. Prior to her appointment as oncology patient navigator, Sullivan served as performance improvement/quality improvement manager at Saint Anne’s. She also previously served in oncology, medical-surgical, emergency, and community nursing in southeastern Massachusetts and Greater Providence.

A cum laude graduate of the nursing program at Bristol Community College, Sullivan earned her bachelor of science degree in social and health sciences, with a certificate in case management, from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, and her master’s degree in hospital administration and management from Salve Regina University. A certified case manager, she is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration. She is a resident of Portsmouth, RI.

Founded in 1976, Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care provides the expertise of university cancer centers with the care and convenience of a community setting for oncology in Fall River, North Dartmouth and Newport, RI. Cancer care services include advanced radiation therapy in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Radiation Oncology; hematology, chemotherapy, biotherapy, and other medical oncology therapies; access to select national clinical trials; specialized nutrition, social work, spiritual care, medical interpreter, and other supportive care; hospice and palliative care; patient and family education and support programs; free health and wellness activities; and community and professional education. The program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program and accredited in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s specialized centers and services include Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care; the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care; Steward Diabetes Care Program; the Steward Centers for Pain Management; geriatric psychiatry; orthopedics; pediatrics (including inpatient care and specialty outpatient medical, behavioral and developmental care through the Fernandes Center for Children & Families); adult and pediatric rehabilitation; cardiovascular care; and primary care.

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