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Supportive Care Resources Expanded for Cancer Survivors

CalvertHealth is expanding its survivorship program to offer additional supportive resources to care for the special concerns cancer survivors may have, including an online wellness series, education for primary care providers and in the fall – its 1st Annual Survivor Day.

“Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our cancer survivors,” said Carrie Tilley, MS, ANP-BC, RN, ANOCP®, who is helping to develop the survivorship program at CalvertHealth. “Special areas of focus include physical activity and nutrition, as well as emotional and practical support.” The program is open to caregivers, as well.

She is collaborating on this effort with medical oncologist Dr. Arati Patel, oncology nurse Lisa Pumphrey, RN, BSN, OCN and Kasia Sweeney, who oversees oncology services at CalvertHealth Medical Center.

These pilot programs are funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health Center for Cancer Prevention and Control.

In May, a four-part online wellness series was offered. All the lectures were recorded and remain available to patients and families who were unable to participate.

An education program for primary care providers on survivorship issues is slated for the fall. “Our goal is to increase communication and collaboration with community providers to enhance long-term care of our cancer survivors.”

Assuming in person-events are possible, CalvertHealth is also planning to host its 1st Annual Survivor Day in the fall. The event is all about celebrating milestones together, showcasing resources available to support our families and recognizing those who have helped them along the way. Tilley said the event is open to all of our cancer survivors and their families.

Tilley to Lead Survivorship Initiative

Advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner Carrie Tilley, MS, ANP-BC, RN, AOCNP® brings wide ranging oncology nursing expertise to her new role at CalvertHealth. She will be involved in direct patient care as well as developing the survivorship and supportive care programs.

Tilley has 17 years of experience in medical oncology in academic, inpatient and community settings as well as private practice. During that time, she spent five years in breast oncology. She led the survivorship programs at George Washington University and the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

She has a strong background in patient education. “My patients tell me I explain information in a way they can understand,” said Tilley. “This is very important. I always try to consider the patient and family perspective because it helps to identify ways we can improve care.”

Her philosophy of care focuses on working with patients as partners in their care. “I want my patients to feel heard and well taken care of when they come to see me,” she said.

Oncology Program Welcomes Bosley

Board-certified nurse practitioner Wendy Bosley, MSN, CRNP brings extensive nursing experience in oncology to her new role at CalvertHealth. She will see patients in the breast center as well as the hematology/oncology practice. “I am excited to be part of the growth and development of an organization that is committed to improving the lives of cancer patients.”

Bosley has a strong background in caring for patients with many different types of cancer in all staging and treatment phases of care. She spent 10 years as a nursing supervisor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Oncology Center and 3 ½ years as a nurse practitioner at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

She went on to add, “I’ve trained with some of the finest specialists in the world and this position enables me to bring this skill set to caring for our community patients closer to home.”

Bosley takes a holistic approach to patient care. “My goal is to educate patients and to empower them to play an active role in their own health.”

Breast Imager Joins Breast Team

The CalvertHealth Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care is pleased to welcome Dr. Bora Lee, a fellowship-trained breast imager from Johns Hopkins to its multidisciplinary team. Dr. Lee, who is board certified in diagnostic radiology, has practiced exclusively in breast imaging for nine years.

Dr. Lee sees patients in the Calvert Medical Imaging Center (CMIC) and works closely with the medical center’s cancer program. She has a special interest in minimally invasive procedures including image-guided biopsy.

Before coming to Calvert, Dr. Lee was an Assistant Professor for Radiology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for four years where she was actively involved in patient quality and safety.

Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2005 and went on to complete her residency there in 2010 and a fellowship in breast imaging at the University of California Los Angeles in 2011. When it comes to patient care, she said: “To me, every patient is a VIP.”
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