Executive Director Message

StuartKlein.pngEven as we prioritize our attention on day-to-day patient care and clinical research, we continue to push the boundaries towards improvement. We are seeing progress on many fronts.

Expansion Project

Site prep is underway for the 10,000-sq.-ft. addition of a single-room proton therapy gantry and cyclotron. We have relocated a water main to accommodate the expansion, and construction of the foundation will begin shortly after all site work is completed.

Pencil Beam Scanning

System upgrades are progressing and pencil beam scanning (PBS) is now being used on a limited basis. We anticipate that we will be using PBS on a full-time basis in one of our gantries within the next two months. PBS is a method of delivering the proton beam that will enable us to treat more types of cancers.

Financing

We recently refinanced our debt and secured municipal bonds that will help reduce our annual interest expense and provide the funds needed to cover costs of the expansion.

Ad Campaign

Be on the lookout next month for a new advertising campaign. Radio commercials will begin this month and television ads in November.

 

Stuart L. Klein

Executive Director

Survivor Spotlight: Jerry Lambert

Jerry Lambert, a UF Health Proton Therapy Institute alum patient, was recently featured in a story on Fox News Channel for his extraordinary years of service as a lifeguard. The 73-year-old native New Yorker has watched over swimmers at his local beach for 50 summers. He moved to Ocala, Florida, several years ago, but he said he hasn’t spent one summer in Florida in order to maintain his lifeguard duties.

When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer he considered his options and settled on proton therapy. He is five years post-proton therapy, has no sign of cancer and has no plans to slow down his active lifestyle.

See his story here:

Welcome Lindsay Carter-Tidwell, Director of Development

We are pleased to introduce Lindsay Carter-Tidwell as our new Director of Development at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Lindsay officially joined us on September 6 after relocating with her husband and two children to Jacksonville from the Athens, Georgia area.

Lindsay most recently served as Senior Director of Gift and Estate Planning at the University of Georgia working with alumni and friends to help facilitate major outright and deferred gift commitments. Prior to her career in development, Lindsay practiced law in Lake City, Florida, concentrated in the areas of estate planning and probate. Lindsay acquired her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.

With upwards of seven years development experience, Lindsay has a strong background in building relationships and boosting an organization’s philanthropic support. In addition to raising funds for research and the facility expansion project, Lindsay will work with alumni, friends and community partners to identify funding opportunities to sustain and enhance the programs and initiatives available to patients and their families.

If you are interested in learning more about ways you can make a gift to support the Institute, contact Lindsay at lcartertidwell@floridaproton.org or 904-588-1519.

Go4TheGoal Grant Launches Child Life Fellowship

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute received a $66,000 grant from the Go4TheGoal Foundation. Funds from the grant will be used to launch the Go4TheGoal Foundation Child Life Clinical Fellowship, the first Child Life fellowship of its kind. The program will employ two Child Life fellows, each for 12 months over a two-year period.

The Institute’s Child Life program is seen as a model for radiation oncology departments around the world. A dedicated Child Life specialist works one-on-one with pediatric cancer patients throughout treatment to promote effective coping through medical play, preparation and education. The addition of the Child Life fellowship allows the Institute to continue its innovative approach to pediatric cancer treatment.

Micalene SchwartzMicalene Schwartz is the program’s first child life fellow and began her 12-month contract in May. During her fellowship, Schwartz will enhance her skills in assessing child development, understanding and coping. Her responsibilities include preparing children for medical procedures and treatment, communicating with families and advocating for the patient and their families.

 

 

 

Recognizing Excellence in Radiation Oncology Practice and Education

Excellence in Radiation Oncology

Providing excellent patient care is fundamental at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. This dedication extends to medical education, community education and advances in radiation oncology practice. We are proud of the commitment our employees make every day and applaud those who have recently received recognition for their exemplary efforts.

Julie A. Bradley, MD, was recognized as the 2016-17 Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology for excellence in teaching, enthusiasm, and support for radiation oncology residency training. The award is presented in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Roi Dagan, MD, received the 2017 UF Department of Radiation Oncology Medical Student and Community Education Award. The award recognizes outstanding educational opportunities and mentoring to medical students and/or community education and outreach.

Daniel J. Indelicato, MD, was named 2017 Pioneer of Innovation by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society. The award recognizes his leadership and development of the pediatric program at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.

Maria Mamalui-Hunter, PhD, received the 2017 UF Department of Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Education Award, recognizing a physicist who provides outstanding educational opportunities to graduate and/or postdoctoral students.

Bradlee Robbert, Patient Services Director, has recently become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.

 

Keep In Touch

It is easy to stay in touch with us online at floridaproton.org . Look at the top right corner of the homepage for Facebook , Twitter and YouTube icons, click and join us in the social media conversation. Also on the right side of the homepage there is a button for VTOC Patient Portal . Click here to open your secure account, view your records, complete clinical trial questionnaires and communicate with your nurse case manager.

 

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