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Renown VP elected to national cancer board



renown_brochure_091006_b-46Linda Ferris, Ph.D., Renown Health’s vice president of cancer services, was elected to the national board of directors for the Association of Cancer Executives (ACE). In her role, she will assist the national organization to promote the advancement of its members’ professional standing and personal achievement through continuing education in oncology management, research, strategic planning and program development.

ACE is a 16-year-old cancer administrator networking organization with more than 350 members in 44 states. Other goals and objective of the organization include the following.

  • Promoting excellence and enhancing skills in leadership in business and clinical management aspects of cancer care
  • Providing a forum for dialogue on cancer program development challenges and opportunities
  • Disseminating emerging, innovative oncology management best practices among the national cancer care community
  • Optimizing the value of networking and supporting continuing education for cancer care administrators

Renown Health hired Ferris in July of 2007. Since then, she has lead cancer care operations and oncology service development throughout the healthcare network. Specifically, she is responsible for directing the operations, finance, business development and planning of the Renown Institute for Cancer (the region’s only hospital in the area conducting clinical trials with the National Cancer Institute).

In addition, she integrates service delivery with medical specialties, develops business relationships with private companies, state and federal agencies, assist in securing grants and contracts related to cancer services and coordinates quality and service standards with medical and administrative management to optimize patient care.

Within her first two years at Renown, Ferris’ initiative helped bring two da Vinci® S HD™ Robotic Surgical Systems and the new TomoTherapy Hi-Art® System to Reno. The two advanced technologies are changing the way cancer patients are treated – with less pain, shorter treatments and quicker recovery times. Ferris has also helped establish Renown Health as a destination for cancer treatment and a center for excellence that cancer centers throughout the west are modeling.

Prior to her position with Renown, Ferris served as executive director, Oncology and Surgical Services at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Md. During her time there, Ferris completed a comprehensive strategic plan for Oncology that included the launch of a multidisciplinary da Vinci Robotics Surgical program, which encompassed general surgery, thoracic surgery, gynecological oncology, urology and surgical oncology.

She played a prominent role in executing a Cancer Research Affiliation agreement with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins for the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Ferris also successfully completed a Certificate of Need for the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Vision 2010 tower expansion. Ferris was a key member of the team that advanced AAMC’s Breast Center and clinical trials programs to a level of national prominence.

For more information about Renown Institute for Cancer, please call Cindy Thomas, 775-982-6830.

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