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Cancer Committee/Care Quality

Your care is in the best of hands. Confluence Health is among a select group of cancer programs to be awarded with the National Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.Commission on cancer award

Our Cancer Committee Team leads the cancer program by setting goals, monitoring cancer related activity, evaluating patient outcomes and improving patient care. We offer weekly Clinical Cancer Conferences that provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician and staff education. We maintain an ongoing quality improvement program which is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient outcomes. We also have a cancer registry and database that is the basis for monitoring the quality of care and cancer statistics.

Cancer Committee Members:

  • Julie C. Smith, MD, Chair Cancer Committee, Medical Director Oncology Service Line
  • Mary Gunkel, RN, Co-Chair Cancer Committee, Director Oncology Service Line, Cancer Program Administrator, Tumor Registry Quality Coordinator
  • Jeanine Allen, SR, VP Specialty Care
  • Cici Asplund, MD, Primary Care
  • Susie Ball, MS, GC, Genetic Counselor
  • Rachelle Boyd, Tumor Registry
  • Vaishali Bhide, RN, Practice Manager, Medical Oncology and Infusio
  • Jane Budden, Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Thomas Carlson, MD, Radiation Oncology
  • Diane Davis, Oncology Research, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Ed DePersio, MD, Radiation Oncology
  • Carl Kjobech, MD, Wellness Place
  • Sharmen Dye, CTR, Tumor Registry, Cancer Conference Coordinator
  • Keta Evans, Practice Manager Radiation Oncology, Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Susan Fletcher, RD, Nutrition/Dietician
  • Anna Hansen, MD, Radiology, Women’s Imaging
  • Ginny Heintz, RN, Palliative Care
  • Eric Liedtke, DO, General Surgery, Cancer Liaison Physician
  • Louise Jackson, MD, General Surgery, Cancer Liaison Physician
  • Jessie Sanders, American Cancer Society
  • Jennifer Jorgensen, MD, Gastroenterology
  • Barbara Kane, RN, Hospice
  • Katie Kemble, DNP, Medical Oncology, Survivorship Program
  • Daniel Kerr, MD, Pathology
  • Jennifer Mason, RN, Inpatient Oncology
  • Thomas Tucker, MD, Medical Oncology
  • Mary Vargas, MSW, Oncology Social Work, Psychosocial Services Coordinator
  • Kim Hinson, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigation
  • Celeste Van Houten, MA-C, Breast Care Coordinator

Clinical Cancer Conference

Also known as the Tumor Board, these weekly conferences are held to discuss challenging cancer diagnoses in a multispecialty team setting. Every week, oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, primary care physicians and other relevant specialty medicine physicians come together to discuss the patient’s care and treatment plan. Nursing staff, pharmacists, research and other allied health professionals are also in attendance. We also have the capability of involving our physicians in Moses Lake, Omak and other outreach clinics.

The Clinical Cancer Conference team carefully reviews each patient’s cancer and clinical history, pathology/radiology findings and surgical details if applicable. The most current diagnostic and treatment pathways as well as available clinical research trials and cancer staging are discussed. A plan of action and recommendations by the group are submitted by the coordinator to each member of the patient’s cancer-care team.

Coordinator: Sharmen Dye, CTR,


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