Clinical Administrative Director named for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
PHOENIX (Feb. 15, 2011) Vicki Koceja, RN-BC, BSN, MBA, OCN, FAAMA, PhD, has been named the clinical administrative director for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, opening this September on the Banner Gateway campus.
“We are privileged to welcome such an experienced oncology nurse leader to our team,” said Sheri Dahlstrom, RN, FACHE, chief nursing officer at Banner Gateway Medical Center. “Her experience developing, implementing and managing a variety of oncology programs including bone marrow transplant, oncology/hematology and palliative care will allow us to provide the best possible care for our future patients.”
Koceja began her career in oncology nursing in 1985. She was most recently the director of the Palliative Care Program at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson, Nev.
She has served as the president of the Greater Las Vegas Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and the state director for the American Academy of Medical Administrators. She volunteers with the Nevada Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society, the Nevada Breast Coalition, and the Nevada Ovarian Coalition.
Koceja has received numerous awards and accolades during her career. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis., an MBA from Keller Graduate School in Chicago and a PhD in Health Administration from Kennedy Western University. She is a fellow in the Academy of Medical Administrators and the Oncology Nursing Society.
About Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
The new center will open in September of 2011 on the Banner Gateway Campus and will deliver an unprecedented level of cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution.
When the cancer center opens, patients will be cared for in a new three-story 133,000 square-foot outpatient center that will be supported by 76 beds on two floors inside Banner Gateway Medical Center. The outpatient center will house physician clinics, medical imaging, radiation oncology, infusion therapy and many support services.
Banner Health Foundation has launched a campaign in support of the cancer center. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.org/BannerFoundation. Banner Health Foundation, the philanthropic resource for Banner Health, secures and stewards charitable contributions to advance Banner Health’s mission of making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care. Charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations are invested locally to support programs and services in Banner’s nonprofit hospitals and health care facilities throughout Arizona.
About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.
About MD Anderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. For seven of the past nine years, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in “America's Best Hospitals,” a survey published annually in U.S. News & World Report.
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