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August 23, 2016 (Cleveland, OH)

CHAMPS Oncology Hosts Two-Day Corporate Retreat

Corporate RetreatLast week CHAMPS Oncology hosted a two-day corporate retreat for their 60-plus team of cancer information specialists. In order to stay up-to-date in the ever-changing cancer industry, leadership, managers, and employees gathered in Cleveland from various states across the country to participate in cancer registry educational and professional development sessions.

The corporate retreat sessions included:

  • Casefinding: presented by Laura Vondenhuevel, RHIT, CTR, manager of client services
  • CHAMPS insight2oncology® (i2o®): presented by Amber Gregg, MSHCPM, director of analytics and innovation
  • Compliance Standards: presented by JoEllen Blazina, compliance manager
  • Contract Information and Customer Service: presented by Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, manager of client services and Gale Zimmer, MHA, director of operations
  • Data Quality: presented by Ilona Gyerman, RHIT, CTR, CoC-trained Consultant, director of data quality
  • Data Requests: moderated by Laura Vondenuevel and presented by Karen Mordarski, RHIT, 
    CTR, cancer information specialist, Heather Fisher, BA, CTR, client services coordinator, Kara Zeinner, CTR, cancer information specialist, Meagan McKay, CTR, client services coordinator, Tracy Goellnitz, MBA, RHIA, CTR, cancer information specialist, Brianna McKenzie, RHIT, CTR, cancer information specialist
  • Defensive Abstracting: presented by Theresa Gerboc, CTR, quality control specialist
  • Rapid Abstracting: presented by Karen Mason, RN, CTR, director of cancer registry, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • SEER Summary Staging: presented by Megan Coriell, RHIA, CTR, cancer information specialist

“It was a great opportunity to have our entire team come to Cleveland to learn, collaborate and spend time together,” said Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, CoC-trained consultant and vice president of CHAMPS Oncology. “This year’s retreat theme, Power of the Past – Force of the Future, emphasized how we can build off our existing foundation to cultivate growth, create forward thinking, and prepare for the future.”

Prior to the retreat, CHAMPS Oncology’s management team met to receive training and discuss topics such as corporate compliance, recruitment, policies and procedures, new systems and tools, as well as the overall strategic direction for 2017.

This corporate retreat coincided with the CHAMPS centennial event, a one-of-a-kind opportunity in which employees and members of the healthcare industry celebrated and shared the achievements of The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare. As part of the centennial celebration, The Center and CHAMPS launched a joint philanthropic program and raised over $311,010 to create a new program through Medworks that will provide restorative dental care to 600+ patients in Northeast Ohio.

To learn more about CHAMPS Oncology’s corporate retreat, contact us