The Regional Cancer Center's Administrative Leadership:
Sarah Kaveney, MSN, RN, OCN
From the Chairman of the Board
As seen in the Spring 2013 edition of Inside RCC
Change is constant. Clinical advances that bring so much positive change in healthcare keep us looking for what’s next.
As Chairman of the Board of The Regional Cancer Center I have the privilege of updating you about changes and transitions at our community cancer center -- appreciating our progress and anticipating next steps.
RCC’s Executive Director, John Girard, has announced his resignation to take on his next professional challenge. John is moving to Indianapolis and will be the Executive Director of Operations for IU Health (Indiana University) Cancer Services.
John was hired in November, 2008 and charged with integrating The RCC with UPMC Cancer Centers to facilitate an exchange of information between our community cancer center and the resources of one of the top academic cancer programs in the country. John has done what he was hired to do in many ways.
Significant growth in the clinical research program at RCC has occurred under John’s leadership. The center’s multidisciplinary clinics and ancillary support services are more robust. Three new doctors joined RCC during John’s tenure and therapeutic stereotactic radiosurgery programs have notably expanded. John established advisory groups of patients and of family caregivers that regularly meet with center management. Facility renovations have updated RCC’s 25 year old building. Awareness of RCC as a community asset has been raised and a much-needed fundraising program for the future of the center has been initiated.
John has led The RCC with great energy and management expertise. It is bittersweet to see him move up and on from Erie.
As we wish John well Sarah Kaveney, MSN, RN, OCN assumes the position of Interim Executive Director upon John’s departure. Sarah has been integral in program developments at RCC as Director of Clinical Operations since 2008. Together John and Sarah have created a progressive vision for RCC that is supported by its Board of Directors. Sarah’s leadership will bring continuity of purpose and continued momentum for a variety of initiatives now underway at the center.
The ability of an organization to adapt to change is an important indicator of its success. What you will read in the Spring 2013 edition of Inside RCC demonstrates RCC’s drive toward the future to embrace the opportunities of change. Genetic profiling to determine the most promising cancer treatment regimens, programs to meet the needs of the new and growing population of cancer survivors and strategies for healthy eating and living to prevent cancer are all part of the developing fabric of your community cancer center.