Quality: Transforming Cancer Care

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Levine Cancer Institute

Other quality milestones at CHS during 2011 included substantial progress on a new $50 million Levine Cancer Institute administration and research center in Charlotte. The Institute advanced its mission throughout the year by hosting quarterly summits and further developing its survivorship programs, outreach efforts and best practice protocols.

The Institute's team of physicians continued to expand under the leadership of President Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD. Noteworthy additions include Heather D. Brooks, MD, a specialist in hematology and oncology who received fellowship training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. Also, Ashley L. Sumrall, MD, who received fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center, joined the Institute specializing in neuro-oncology, oncology and hematology.

The Institute formalized its patient navigator program and hosted its inaugural patient navigator academy to share best practices. CHS currently has more than two dozen oncology patient navigators at affiliated hospitals across the Carolinas, including newly designated navigators at AnMed Health Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln. These individuals serve as patient advocates, help to coordinate care, provide counseling and offer cancer education.

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View the architectural renderings of the new Levine Cancer Institute administration and research center in Charlotte.