A Cancer Information Specialist for CHAMPS Oncology, Tara has been passionate about research since a very young age when she wanted to study humpback whales. While she didn’t become a cetacean biologist, her desire to study and examine facts never died. Wanting to pursue a career in healthcare, Tara earned her nursing degree and RN license. Her goal was to become involved with oncology clinical trials research.
“When I was looking for a cancer research position, I found something called a ‘Tumor Registrar’ with the University of New Mexico Tumor Registry,” said Tara. “I was able to balance my nursing and tumor registry careers, but then my value of research took over and the Cancer Registry became my primary objective.”
As a single mother, Tara needed a flexible position that would allow her to stay within New Mexico and still be involved with oncology research. Tara earned her CTR and has worked in the cancer registry for 11 years. She joined CHAMPS Oncology three years ago. Her work-from-home position has given Tara the ability to balance both her work and home lives.
“First and foremost, I am a mother,” she said. “My two incredible boys are my dynamic duo and the light of my life.”
Tara also has “an amazing, special person” in her life that “encourages, loves and supports all of us every day.”
Just as CHAMPS believes better data saves lives, Tara works hard to ensure that data helps the individuals inflicted by cancer.
“I do this work for the people and their families who suffer through this life-altering disease,” Tara said. “All Certified Tumor Registrars strive to ensure that our data is a backbone in the oncology community. What we do matters tremendously and assists with improved treatment, quality of life, focused studies, and all-around better care for the cancer patient.”
In her free time, Tara and her family love traveling and exploring nature. As a family, they work hard to protect the planet. Because Hawaii is their “home away from home,” their motto is “Live Pono,” meaning that all life and the land are interconnected and deserve respect.
Registry Rock Star features a different CHAMPS Oncology employee every month. To learn more, follow #RegistryRockStar 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.
Kelly is what people would call a "boomerang employee" — someone who leaves a company and later returns to work for the company again. But, as she explains in this #OncologyOutlook blog, that isn't a bad thing and it actually helped her further appreciate everything CHAMPS Oncology has to offer: https://bit.ly/341yGbx
Make sure you're continuing with your cancer screenings during the #COVID19 pandemic — That's the message CHAMPS Oncology vice president Karen Schmidt has for everyone during these uncertain times. Watch her video message acknowledging September's cancer awareness months.