It’s time to highlight our next Quality Captain! In our Quality Captain Spotlight series, CHAMPS Oncology highlights members of our quality data team in recognition of their dedicated efforts performing quality control activities, assessments and reviews to ensure better data saves lives™. This installment features Theresa Gerboc, CTR, quality data manager for CHAMPS Oncology.
Theresa’s cancer registry career started in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1986. Early in her career, she found herself working under two legendary Pennslyvania doctors, Dr. Bernard Fisher and Dr. Howard Kirtland, both of whom she credits for her clinical competency and expertise. Preparing to take the next steps in her career, she became a certified tumor registrar (CTR) in 1990. After spending eight years managing the cancer registry at the Regional Cancer Center in Erie, PA, she joined CHAMPS Oncology in 2007. As a whole, she’s worked in the cancer registry for over 30 years and counting.
“I have been privileged to work with many brilliant people,” Theresa said. “I know what we do every day makes a difference in patient care in a big way.”
Theresa’s favorite part of her job is the variety it brings. Through her work with CHAMPS Oncology, she is able to encounter people from all walks of life.
“I enjoy the diversity of people I work with,” she explained. “They are from different parts of the country, various ages and backgrounds, some are tenured and others are new to the registry. I just enjoy helping them learn and grow in their understanding of cancer treatment and the importance of what we do each and every day.”
In her free time, Theresa and her husband, Jim, enjoy riding their motorcycle and bicycles. In 2017, they took a road trip on their motorcycle all the way to Nova Scotia in Canada from their home in Erie, PA.
“We got to see the country on two wheels,” she said when speaking about the experience which saw them traveling nearly 1,200 miles.
When it comes time to retire, Theresa would like to get into a lifestyle routine that includes more traveling. One of the top items on her bucket list is to someday see all of the national parks in the United States’ National Parks System.
As for the present, Theresa is continuing her work and dedicating herself to the mission of creating better data that saves lives.
“I learned a long time ago that what we do helps many, many patients,” Theresa explained. “Like most people, cancer has touched my family including my mother, sisters, father-in-law, sister-in-law, aunts, uncles and many friends. My mother taught me the value of being strong in your last days and a belief that you do the best you can and leave the rest up to God. I would like to think her strength is my strength and I try to pass that on through my work.”
Each installment of Quality Captain Spotlight features a quality control team member and recognizes their important work of ensuring better data saves lives. To learn more, follow #QualityCaptain on social media. What’s your favorite part about working in the cancer registry?
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place virtually Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: ONLINE - VIRTUAL FORMAT
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
Follow the hashtag #AMCCBS to stay connected or visit their website here.
Where: Washington Hilton, DC
When: Mar 4, 2020 -
CHAMPS Oncology Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights
CHAMPS Oncology's Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register now to attend our free, in-person meeting.
What are the objectives?
Review NEW CoC Standards.
Receive NEW Compliance at a Glance Tool.
Ensure you're prepared for your first quarter cancer committee.
Who should attend?
Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs)
Cancer Service Line Leaders
Cancer Committee Members
Follow #CHAMPSAnnualMeeting to stay connected.
Can't attend in person? Downloadable version and CEs will be available for purchase.
Interested in joining the CHAMPS Oncology team and learning about our rich history? Watch this video detailing our team's 40+ years of cancer registry experience and then apply here:https://bit.ly/3jiXfXF
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