ACCC thanks the following individuals for providing their expertise and insight for the Optimizing Electronic Health Records initiative.
Amanda A. Henson, MSHA, MBA, FACHE, is System Vice President, Cancer Service Line at Baptist Health, a health system comprised of nine hospitals throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. As System Vice President, Ms. Henson is responsible for the administrative oversight, financial management, and overall program development for the cancer service line. In addition, Ms. Henson has administrative responsibilities for several other departments at Baptist Health, including the hospital foundation office, environmental services, laundry, materials management, clinical research and community education.
Ms. Henson leads system-wide initiatives including Executive Sponsor of the Cancer Service Line Council and Co-Sponsor of the Research Resource Council for Baptist Health System. Ms. Henson helped lead the integration of federally funded oncology research collaboration for all Baptist hospitals under the Baptist Health Cancer Research Network. In addition, Ms. Henson has been involved in the development of Baptist Health’s first system service line council. This council is instrumental in standardization of oncology care, dashboard quality metrics, and strategic planning.
Throughout her career in oncology management, both in an academic medical center and community cancer centers, Ms. Henson has successfully led programs through accreditation surveys with the Commission on Cancer (CoC), as well as the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). She has extensive experience implementing oncology EMR systems. Additionally, during her previous role as Administrative Director of Cancer Services at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Ms. Henson was responsible for overseeing the construction of a 90,000-square-foot cancer center.
Ms. Henson previously served on the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Editorial Committee and Nominating Committee. She is Past President of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Graduate Program in Healthcare Administration Alumni Board. Currently she serves as a preceptor for healthcare management students from the University of Kentucky and is actively engaged in community programs and civic organizations, including serving on the board for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington.
Ms. Henson received her undergraduate degree from Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky. She also received her MBA and MSHA degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ms. Henson is a Fellow within the American College of Healthcare Executives and is the 2015 recipient of the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the Kentucky Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Una Hopkins, RN, FNP-BC, DNP, is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in oncology, 25 as a nurse practitioner. Dr. Hopkins is currently the director for research and evidence-based practice at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where she is responsible for the oversight and management of nurse engagement in programs of research and evidence-based practice, academic and affiliations, nursing internet and intranet development, and presentations and publications for the department of nursing. This includes the management of selected staff and operations, academic affiliations and funded educational projects, survey preparation, specialized training initiatives, education related to promotion of nursing research and evidence-based practice, oversight of project management, and funding attainment.
Dr. Hopkins has received numerous awards for her accomplishments in clinical and research work and since 1927, has published over 20 articles in various medical journals. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing Science from the College of New Rochelle where she also studied to become a family nurse practitioner. She received her doctorate from Pace University in New York City. Dr. Hopkins serves on the Advisory Committee for the ACCC Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology.
Barbara Jensen, RN, BSN, MBA, is a dynamic nurse leader and the Director of Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging and Palliative Care at Skagit Regional Health in Mount Vernon, Washington. Ms. Jensen has over 22 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings to include oncology, home health, home infusion, orthopedic and surgical care, and wound care. As an ad hoc teaching faculty member for the Skagit Valley Community College Nursing Program, Ms. Jensen teaches “Oncology 101” as an introduction to oncology for second year students, laying the foundation for oncology patient nursing management. A long-time ACCC member, Ms. Jensen currently serves on the ACCC Guidelines Committee.
During her tenure as Director of Oncology she has led her team through successful accreditation surveys for the cancer center to include the Commission on Cancer (CoC) with Commendation, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certification program. Since 2010 she has worked with the multidisciplinary team of The Breast Institute to improve breast cancer screening volumes and technology in the Skagit Valley, and will see this come to fruition in a new women’s imaging center set to open early 2019 that will bring 3-D mammography to the region.
With a heart for philanthropy, Ms. Jensen is a past member of the Hospice of the Northwest Board of Trustees helping to raising both awareness and funds for the local hospice program. Currently she is serving on the Board of Directors of the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation supporting their mission to raise funds that will ensure the continued availability of quality health care services for the patients in Skagit Valley.
Ms. Jensen obtained her BSN degree at Seattle Pacific University and an MBA with a focus on healthcare from Western Governors University.
Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, is the Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center. Currently serving on the Board of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Dr. McBride also chairs the Awards Selection Committee as well as the Corporate Development Committee. In addition to being a long-time ACCC member, Dr. McBride has been actively involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).
Dr. McBride has been working on oncology drug shortages and has testified on behalf of HOPA at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Shortage Workshop; presented on behalf of ACCC at the Washington, D.C., Congressional Session; and was an invited member of the ASHP Drug Shortage Stakeholders Meeting. Dr. McBride is also actively involved with biosimilar regulation and the pharmacoeconomic impact of biosimilars into the U.S. marketplace. He currently serves as a working group member for HOPA on its biosimilar committee. In addition, he serves on the National Quality Forum Cancer Standing Committee. He has published numerous articles on drug shortages, oral chemotherapy adherence, stem cell transplant, and biosimilar implementation into the U.S. healthcare market.
David R. Penberthy, MD, MBA, is Radiation Oncologist of Virginia Radiation Oncology Associates, Inc., a private medical practice based in Richmond, Virginia, where he has practiced since completing residency at the University of Virginia in 2002. After completing his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2011, Dr. Penberthy has served as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Committee Chairman at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Petersburg, Virginia. During his tenure as chairman, Dr. Penberthy led SRMC’s oncology program through two American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation surveys resulting in cancer program accreditation, each time earning an Outstanding Achievement Award, an accolade achieved by only a small fraction of community oncology programs in the country.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Penberthy completed a surgical internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He then served as a U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon with Fighter Squadron 101 in Oceana, Virginia. His strong interest and knowledge of technology eventually led him to the field of Radiation Oncology. In this field, Dr. Penberthy applies sophisticated medical technologies to alleviate the suffering caused by cancer, one of the most pressing medical issues of our generation.
Dr. Penberthy is enthusiastic about patient care and he is intensely engaged in providing state of the art, patient centered, compassionate oncology care.
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