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NCORP Site Affiliate Receives ONS Team Award

Posted: April 24, 2019

Heartland NCORP affiliate, the Alan P. Lyss Center for Cancer and Clinical Research of Sainte Genevieve County Memorial Hospital in Missouri, a small rural outreach site, was given the Team Achievement Award at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress April 11.

The ONS Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Team Award recognizes small teams of 3 to 10 people for outstanding contributions within their workplace in improving patient care, and/or making a difference in their community. Nurse leader Sandy Schilli, RN, accepted the award on the team’s behalf.

Per the nomination letter submitted by Alan Lyss, MD, physician investigator with the Heartland NCORP,

“Since 1992, the nurses and their assistants at the Medical Oncology Clinic of Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital have set a standard for excellence in oncology nursing care that has been felt throughout their hospital and community. They have consistently become their patients’ (and their patients’ family members) ‘new best friends.’”

He noted that the clinic’s nursing staff has embraced the access to clinical trials afforded by the NCORP program, implementing treatment approaches skillfully, following up on adverse events, documenting care rigorously and promptly, and managing an investigational drug satellite pharmacy.

Dr. Lyss, namesake of the NCORP affiliate’s clinic, called the recognition “a good example of how the NCORP program can facilitate clinical research in underserved areas and raise the standard of care for patients in remote regions.” Cancer patients from rural areas face special challenges, including limited access to quality care, economic disadvantages and other factors, he said.

Criteria for the award included leadership by a registered nurse, demonstration of commitment to ONS core values, and the team project resulting in increased patient and community awareness of the value of the oncology nursing profession to the well-being of the patient population.