Beebe Medical Center Announces Staff Changes at Tunnell Cancer Center
Beebe Medical Center announces staff changes at Tunnell Cancer Center.
Isabel Benson, NP-C, OCN, a certified oncology nurse who has served as Nurse Manager and Research Coordinator since 2001, has become Board Certified as a Nurse Practitioner and is now seeing medical oncology patients at Tunnell Cancer Center. Sylvia Heinze, RN, MS, a clinical specialist in oncology, has joined Tunnell Cancer Center to take over as Nurse Manager.
"It is a pleasure for us to congratulate Isabel on her accomplishment and to welcome Sylvia to our team," says Cherrie Rich, Director of Oncology Services for Beebe Medical Center. "These women are professionals who work hard and support our efforts to continue to improve the oncology services we bring to the community."
Ms. Benson joined Tunnell Cancer Center in 1997 as a certified oncology nurse and was promoted to Nurse Manager in 2001. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Nursing and her nurse practitioner education at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and passed the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Boards in Adult Care. A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse who provides high-quality healthcare services and can diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems.
Ms. Benson will work with the three medical oncologists to provide follow-up care visits throughout patient treatment as well as see patients who need immediate attention for acute problems associated with their treatments. She will manage the clinical trials program in conjunction with research nurses Donna Miskin, RN, OCN, and Kari Souder, RN, OCN, who enroll and follow patients on clinical trials.
Ms. Heinze came to Tunnell Cancer Center from Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois, where she taught at the School of Nursing for the past five years. She also worked as a medical oncology nurse. She has a Masters Degree in Nursing and is Board Certified in Medical Surgical Nursing by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. She is an advanced oncology certified nurse and is approved by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. As Nurse Manager, Ms. Heinze is responsible for the team of nurses providing the care for patients at the Tunnell Cancer Center.
Tunnell Cancer Center was established in 1995. It has received the Commission on Cancer's highest accreditation with commendation as a comprehensive community cancer center. Its clinical specialties are Medical oncology/hematology and radiation oncology. Nearly 200 patients visit the center each day.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org