Two New Nurse Practitioners Join the Florida Proton Team and Support Survivorship Program
The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute provides cancer survivorship support to patients after completing their treatment. This support includes clinical care, education, surveillance, and coordination of follow-up care with other specialists. The goal is to improve patients’ health and quality of life in the long term.
The institute has a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses who monitor each patient for post-treatment side effects and provide personalized follow-up care. The frequency of follow-up visits depends on the individual patient’s needs and challenges.
The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute is pleased to welcome two new nurse practitioners to the team who provide care to our patients during their survivorship period: Toni Ruffino and Kerri Jarrell.
Toni Ruffino, APRN, is a radiation oncology nurse practitioner and she is dedicated to supporting patients in their survivorship journey after cancer treatment. Her focus is on patients treated in the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. In this role, she strives to ensure that all aspects of a patient’s healthcare needs are addressed as they complete radiation treatment and move forward in the healing process. She has 16 years of experience in healthcare. Her commitment to patient support and advocacy stems from her comprehensive experience caring for patients after surgery, trauma and in intensive care units at UF Health Jacksonville since 2007.
Kerri Copeland Jarrell, APRN, is a radiation oncology nurse practitioner and her specialty is treating persons with prostate cancer. Her focus is on supporting patients in their survivorship journey after the completion of radiation treatment. Ms. Jarrell, a healthcare professional of 12 years, has a wide array of professional experience and training in family medicine, oncology, endocrinology, ambulatory care centers and progressive care units.
To learn more about what to expect and the support you will receive through survivorship, click here.