PCLC at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center
Candace BladesRN, JD, Advance Care Planning Coordinator
J. Brian CasselPhD, Researcher and Program Evaluator, Associate Professor of Medicine
Elizabeth McNeilMS, RN, Palliative Care Program Manager
Danielle NoreikaMD, FACP, FAAHPM, Palliative Care Inpatient Medical Director, HPM Fellowship Program Director, Associate Professor of Medicine
Emily B. RivetMD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, Colorectal Surgeon and Palliative Care Physician, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medicine
VCU Massey Cancer Center Services At-A-Glance
VCU is an 865-bed academic medical center providing care to a significant radius of central Virginia. Our status as both a Level 1 trauma center and a statewide safety net hospital contributes to having a diverse patient population. VCU’s palliative care service includes a palliative care unit, inpatient consultative service, and an outpatient supportive care clinic. An eleven-bed inpatient unit allows our interdisciplinary team to provide care for patients with complex symptom management needs. Our seven-days-per-week inpatient consultative service provides care for patients in all clinical spaces at VCU including acute care medicine, the Emergency Department, surgery, trauma, or any of the five adult intensive care units. Today VCU’s supportive care clinic has grown such that multiple providers treat patients five days per week in several clinical locations. We are integrated into the VCU Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative care and ESMO-certified in integrated oncology care. American Hospital Association Circle of Life award winner.
Key benefits of training at VCU also include access to:
- Expertise in the business side of palliative medicine. Dr. Cassel has authored over 20 articles and chapters in financial outcomes and metrics in all operational settingsObservation of fully-integrated inpatient and outpatient palliative care program, which is part of VCU’s Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care
- Insight into interdisciplinary-team care in inpatient and outpatient settings, including in a palliative care unit with 24/7 physician/nursing staffing support
- Expertise in utilizing databases to capture and track key palliative care clinical and financial measures
- A VCU physician who is boarded in colorectal surgery and palliative care and who is helping to promote integration of palliative care for surgery patients
- Expertise in developing a telemedicine program to provide remote areas with palliative consultation support
- National leadership in research and QI projects including delirium, pediatric palliative care, palliative care in surgery, anorexia/cachexia, risk assessment in opioid prescribing, and more
For questions about VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, including available training dates, submit an inquiry.
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