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Research to advance cancer care in Monterey County

Kathleen Finnigan, MS, RN, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Salinas Valley Memorial selected for the Community-Based Research Program

Partners to conduct research that focuses on environmental influences on breast cancer

SALINAS, CA, December 7, 2011—Breast cancer research in Monterey County will soon take on a new focus, thanks to a statewide initiative involving local health care providers and researchers. The Community-Based Research Infrastructure to Better Science Intensive Training Program (CRIBS ITP) will include a research team from Monterey County. Members of that team include:

Kathleen Finnigan, MS, RN
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

Kim F. Rhoads, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Stanford Cancer Institute
Stanford University

Dale O’Brien, MD, MPH
Cancer Patients Alliance, Monterey

The team will participate in the intensive training and conduct research that will improve cancer care in local communities.

The CRIBS ITP is a training program for research conducted by a partnership of two to three people that includes at least one academically trained researcher and at least one community member/leader. The purpose of the ITP is to prepare the partnership team to conduct research that focuses on the influence of the environment on breast cancer in areas where disparities and barriers to healthcare access exist. The partnerships will prepare for and submit grantproposals to the California Breast Cancer Research Program Community Research Collaboration in 2013.

The five-month program begins January 2012. The partnership will work collaboratively throughout the training to develop a research plan and grant proposal to address disparities in cancer care for the underserved and Latinos in the Salinas Valley.

“Kathleen’s participation in the Intensive Training Program will significantly advance our community-academic research efforts and further improve the care we provide to people with cancer in our region,” says Irene Neumeister, MSN, RN, Vice President/Patient Care & Cardiovascular Services. “We are very proud of her tremendous work on behalf of cancer patients at our Cancer Center, in our community and beyond.”

The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System we know today started out in 1953 as a 52-bed hospital. Since then we have grown to serve thousands of people incommunities in the Central Coast area, from our hospital campus and through a network of affiliates. SVMHS now houses state-of-the-art specializations including the Heart Center opened in 1987, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Joint Replacement and Spine Centers and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as advanced imaging and diagnostic tools. We are committed to providing the highest quality healthcare services for people who are ill or injured and to helping people live healthier lives through prevention and education efforts.


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