Financial Advocacy Network members advocate for their patients every day. The Voice Task Force will amplify the voice of patients in advocating for financial advocacy services. The Task Force will do this by sharing patient perspectives in blogs, videos, and meetings; developing resources to make the business case for financial advocacy programs; and incorporating patient impact into policy and advocacy strategies.
Meet the members of the Voice Task Force:
Dr. Zinkeng Asonganyi (aka “Dr Z”) oversees all facets of ambulatory practice at the University of Texas Medical Branch, including retail and specialty pharmacy services, outpatient infusion, and the integration of pharmacists into ambulatory clinics. Prior to this role, Dr. Asonganyi served as the senior pharmacy manager at Anne Arundel Medical Center (Luminis Health) in Annapolis, Maryland, overseeing the oncology department, investigational drug services, and outpatient pharmacy operations, including the development of a specialty pharmacy business. Dr. Asonganyi is an active participant in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and several local pharmacy organizations.
Dr. Asonganyi is a 2012 graduate of the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy in Ohio, and he has been a health system pharmacy administrator for most of his career. He is passionate about controlling pharmaceutical expenses through supply chain and formulary management as well as revenue cycle management for both medical and pharmacy benefits.
Aimee Hoch, LSW, is a Masters Level Social Worker with 20 plus years of experience in both healthcare and behavioral health. She earned her MSW from Fordham University Lincoln Center. A Financial Navigator for the Oncology Program at Grand View Health, she is an advocate for individuals diagnosed with cancer by meeting them with empathy and connecting them with resources to support them during their most vulnerable times.
Aimee’s speaking topics include financial toxicity, self-care, mindset, and more. Aimee has spoken at workshops, retreats, and programs for Sisters U, Penn Medicine, Grand View Health, Bucks County Community College, The Success Connection, and more. She’s been a guest on The Can Survivor with Kelsey Smith podcast and WDVR. Aimee has been featured in publications including Oncolink and U magazine. She is the co-founder and co-host of Fill Your Cup First Podcast. Aimee lives in Souderton, PA with her husband and two daughters.
Sarah Hudson-DiSalle, PharmD, RPh is the Pharmacy Manager at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. She has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Healthcare Information
Technology (HIT), Hospitals, Managed Care, Healthcare, and Healthcare Management.
She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree focused on Pharmacy, Patient Access and Reimbursement Services from The Ohio State University and James Cancer Hospital.
Since 2007, Jared Kast, RT(T), MHA, has served oncology patients and staff in multiple roles. He began his career as a radiation therapist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisc. Since, Kast has grown into multiple leadership roles over the years, learning about all areas of cancer care. Currently, Kast is the executive director of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Clinically, cancer care is very complex and sometimes more so behind the scenes. Kast has been working over the years to help build and transform oncology care delivery to view patients as a whole person, including the financial aspects of cancer that can create barriers to access or place a severe burden on patients and their families.
Gretchen Van Dyck has been with Green Bay Oncology for 12 years. In her role as a financial counselor, Van Dyck has worked with multiple departments, including medical, radiation, and gynecology oncology. Her responsibilities span from helping patients understand their insurance benefits and obtaining prior authorizations for treatment, imaging, prescriptions, and more to, most importantly, being an advocate for her patients in any way they need. The last thing Van Dyck wants is for her patients to worry about treatment-related costs or their insurance. She is excited to be a part of ACCC’s Financial Advocacy Network and will continue to work with ACCC to create resources and opportunities to support efforts in financial and patient advocacy.