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A Note From Leadership

Sandra MillerSince joining Memorial Hermann in December 2015, I continue to be inspired by the dedication and passion that our entire team has for making high-quality cancer care easily accessible for patients in Houston. From our affiliated physicians in surgical, medical and radiation oncology, to our bedside and nurse navigation teams, to the leaders of our supportive and imaging services, each person that touches patients along their cancer journey has one goal in mind – at Memorial Hermann you will never fight cancer alone. We strive to constantly make improvements to our patients’ outcomes and experiences.

In this edition of the Memorial Hermann Cancer Journal, we decided to highlight our key accomplishments for 2016. Memorial Hermann is one of only two health systems in Texas to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons as an Integrated Network Cancer Program. As such we were proud recipients of this re-designation with Silver Commendation in March of 2016. Whether it was welcoming new physicians and clinical staff to the team, opening two outstanding survivorship centers or increasing access to cancer prevention and screening exams in our community, we are proud of all that has been achieved over the year. The Annual Report section discusses these accomplishments.

In addition, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the Oncology Nurses that serve patients at Memorial Hermann each day. We celebrated Oncology Nursing Month in May, and without the work of these fearless, committed and dedicated nurses, we would not be able to provide exceptional cancer care.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us. Together, we’re making a positive impact on cancer patients in Houston.

Sandra Miller, M.H.S.M., RN, NE-BC
Vice President
Memorial Hermann Oncology Service Line

Ron J KarniIt has been an honor to serve as the chair of the Oncology Service Line Physician Strategic Steering Committee over the past year.

In addition to bringing together affiliated physicians across clinical disciplines, the committee enabled us to work with senior leadership at Memorial Hermann to outline goals and expectations for our cancer program as it continues to grow. One of the most important pieces of work that came out of the committee was defining the mission for Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers:

At Memorial Hermann, you’ll never fight cancer alone. Our affiliated experts provide full-scope, patient-centered cancer care. With numerous access points across Greater Houston, Memorial Hermann delivers high-quality, timely and convenient cancer care including prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship support.

Our duty is to continue to live up to this mission each day, for each and every patient we serve. We thank you for taking the time to engage with us and for joining Memorial Hermann to provide excellent cancer care for the Greater Houston community.

Ron J. Karni, M.D.
Chair, Oncology CPC Subcommittee
Memorial Hermann Physician Network