Weathering the COVID-19 Storm: One Program's Care Coordination Experience

Weathering the COVID-19 Storm: One Program’s Care Coordination Experience

When COVID-19 started spreading across the country, Montefiore Health System (MHS) in the Bronx, New York, was at the epicenter, with more than 4,000 simultaneously hospitalized patients at one point. Join a panel of MHS providers for an in-depth look at their pandemic preparations and response and how they’re collecting data for care coordination and research. Plus, take away valuable advice for future surges.

Una Hopkins, RN, FNP-BC, DNP (Moderator)

Director of Research, Montefiore Medical Center

Una Hopkins, RN, FNP-BC, DNP, brings 34 years of experience in oncology. She currently is the Director of Research for Montefiore Health System.  Previously she served as the  Administrative Director of the Center for Cancer Care at White Plains Hospital.  Prior to these two roles Dr. Hopkins worked as an oncology nurse practitioner (25 years) in  clinical trials as a  coordinator at Montefiore Medical Center’s Albert Einstein Cancer Center in the Bronx. She  served as adjunct professor at New York University School of Nursing for ten years. Dr. Hopkins is a recipient of numerous awards for her accomplishments in clinical and research work, and has published many articles in various medical journals since 1997. 
Dr. Hopkins received her doctorate from Pace University in New York City , in 2012, and her master’s (1990) and bachelor’s degrees (1986) in nursing science from the College of New Rochelle where she also studied to become a family nurse practitioner (1997). She serves on the executive committee for the Institute for ImmunoOncology as well as the board of Directors for ACCC.  She has maintain a position on the Board of Advisors for American Cancer Society.

Barbara Binder, MA, BSN

Administrative Director, Oncology Services, Montefiore Medical Center

Barbara Binder is Administrative Senior Director for Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC), with responsibilities that include oversight of MECCC and Montefiore’s Cancer Service Line (CSL). Programs under her leadership include 14 multidisciplinary disease-based centers of excellence, Medical and Radiation Oncology departments spanning the Bronx, Westchester and Orange County, support services, clinical trials and shared resources. Essential initiatives under her supervision are the Hospital Cancer Committee, CSL Dashboard, Oncology EMR, Clinical Pathways, Quality Control and Improvement Committee and Provider Burnout Prevention Task Force.

Balazs Halmos, MD, MS

Director of Thoracic Oncology and Clinical Cancer Genomics, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Balazs Halmos, MD received his medical degree summa cum laude from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He completed an internal medicine residency program at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital/Columbia University in New York City followed by a hematology/oncology fellowship program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massaschuestts.

While in Dr. Halmos, also obtained an MS degree in Clinical Sciences from Harvard Medical School. Since completion of his fellowship, he has been a faculty member at Harvard, Case Western Reserve University and most recently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. There he served as Director of Thoracic Oncology from 2009-2014 and was also Chair of the Cancer IRB.

Dr. Halmos also oversees the thoracic clinical trials program of novel clinical studies at the Montefiore Albert Einstein Cancer Center and is spearheading the effort to develop a molecular testing paradigm for cancer patients managed within the Montefiore to facilitate a personalized cancer medicine approach throughout the health system.

He is the recipient of multiple awards from prestigious organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society, where he also serves as a permanent review board member.

Stuart Packer, MD

Clinical Director of Medical Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Stuart Packer, MD, is Clinical Director of Medical Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Packer has extensive experience in treating lung, head & neck and other types of cancer. He is Medical Director of Montefiore's Oncology Care Model (OCM) aimed at improving patient care coordination and appropriateness of care and  has led quality initiatives aimed at reducing time to treatment. His clinical research focus is on lung cancer and melanoma.

Joseph Sparano, MD

Professor, Medicine (Oncology) Professor, Albert Einstein Cancer Center Associate Chair, Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Sparano is is Professor of Medicine & Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Associate Chairman for Clinical Research in the Department of Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center, and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He also serves as Vice Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Research Group and Vice Chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium. His research has focused on developmental therapeutic approaches for breast cancer, lymphoma, and HIV-associated cancers, and clinical application biomarkers in breast cancer and other cancers.

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