Adventist Medical Center Highlights Cancer Research Outcomes

April 10, 2012
Laura Wallace - Cancer Registrar

Laura Wallace

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be frightening and confusing. At Adventist Medical Center (AMC) , hundreds of cancer patients are finding hope and healing in their journey. Patients are provided a comprehensive team of highly specialized physicians, clinicians and researchers, all focused on finding the best outcomes for the treatment of cancer. This week, the hospital celebrates National Cancer Registrars. The registrar is a member of the patient care team, educated specifically about the management of cancer data.

At AMC, the registrar measures outcomes of treatment and survival of cancer patients, and formulates plans for improvement. The accuracy of this information is paramount in ongoing cancer care, research and treatment.

In addition to managing and reporting cancer data at the national, state and hospital levels, AMC’s Cancer registrar also provides benchmarking services, while monitoring quality of care and clinical practice guidelines. The registrar is able to assess patterns of care and referrals, and monitor adverse outcomes.

According to AMC’s Laura Wallace, RHIT, CTR, “the cancer registry profession is extremely dynamic because national standards are continuously changing based on information, trends, and outcomes that are produced and identified.” Collaboration in collecting and sharing data helps in the treatment of cancer patients across the country.

“AMC offers the gold standard of care in a comfortable community setting with access to surgical services, radiation and chemo therapy and clinical trials states Kimberly Earp, MBA, RT(R)(T) Cancer Service Manager.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC)

Adventist Medical Center (AMC) , located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 17 hospitals, more than 130 physician and rural health clinics, 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.

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