Cartersville Medical Center The Hope Center Gordon Hospital
Hamilton Medical Center Harbin Clinic Hutcheson Medical Center
Rome Floyd Cancer Initiative Rome Radiology
Chairman Sandy McKenzie, VP Hamilton Medical Center
Vice-Chairman Amy Jordan, Vice President, Gordon Hospital
Secretary/Treasurer Dan Sweitzer, VP Marketing Floyd Medical Center
C.E.O. Gena B. Agnew
Executive Vice President Erin Hernandez
Outreach Coordinator Allison Harris
What We Do...
To reduce the number of cancer deaths and the mortality rate from cancer in Northwest Georgia.
Prevent cancer and detect existing cancers earlier.
The initiative will work to reduce the number of cancer deaths through a focused education and screening effort, with particular emphasis on the cancers that are the major causes of death. Development of a coordinated network of public and private organizations will give NW Georgians greater access to screenings.
Improve access to quality care for all NW Georgians with cancer.
The NWGRCC wants to ensure that basic cancer care is available close to home anywhere in NW Georgia. More advanced treatment will be available at medical centers in the regional service area, enabling NW Georgians to get quality medical care and participate in clinical trials without leaving their area.
Save more lives in the future.
Through work with medical schools and community oncologists, a mechanism will be put in place to extend and coordinate clinical trials. New detection and treatment methods and technology will contribute to the control of cancer. The cancer research efforts will be multi-institutional where possible.
Train future cancer researchers and caregivers.
The NWGRCC will support using nationally recognized standards for training of future cancer clinicians and development of new training programs for cancer caregivers. Provision will be made for continuing education for practicing clinicians.
Realize economic benefits from eradicating cancer.
Investment in research, expanded capacity and partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will provide quality jobs to NW Georgians and environmentally clean additions to the economy. Private funding will help support research and launch new developments with commercial potential.
On a more regional note, the NWGRCC has several objectives which it has strived to achieve since its inception in 2002:
1. Improve Access and Availability of Cancer Care
2. Optimize Cancer Control
3. Utilize Evidenced Based Research
4. Improve Cancer and Wellness Education & Communication
5. Encourage Community Involvement
6. Measure Outcomes
7. Advocate for Cancer Patient Rights
8. Resource Development
9. Improve Cultural Competency & Health Literacy
The Fight Against Cancer
Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition leads the fight against cancer in Northwest Georgia by coordinating cancer prevention and early detection/screening for the public; educating healthcare professionals on current screening practices and pertinent cancer topics surrounding specific cancers, palliation, hospice care, tobacco counseling techniques, and the availability of patient resources; encouraging participation in clinical cancer trials, cancer and lifestyle studies, tobacco cessation and prevention activities, healthy lifestyles and fitness.coordinating health screenings, educating healthcare professionals on the latest cancer news, and promoting participation in clinical trials.