Vidant holds cancer therapy training

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Therapists from from Vidant hospitals and home health decided attended training for Oncology Care Certification.


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The number of cancer survivors is projected to be over 18 million by 2020, according to the National Institute of Health. Vidant Health Rehabilitation Managers from eight Vidant hospitals and home health decided to organize an intense training recently that focused on education; including the latest research in cancer rehabilitation.

The first group of therapists met on Sept. 16-17, completing two of the three-day, 24-credit hour, course required for Oncology Care Certification. Over 110 therapists, representing Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Recreational Therapy were present for the hands-on demonstration and lecture by Carmen Thompson of Monarch Continuing Education.

This program was designed to increase the therapists’ knowledge of surgical techniques, chemotherapy options and radiation therapies used to treat cancer and how these cancer treatments affect the patient. Information was presented regarding ways to standardize and measure progress for the patient. Hands on lab time was dedicated to improving the treatment skills of the therapists for the oncology patient. The therapists were able to come together to share ideas and make connections to better serve the patients of Eastern North Carolina.

The therapists who complete the third day coursework and successfully complete an exam focusing on cancer care from a rehab perspective will be Oncology Care Certified. This is a significant commitment for Vidant’s system and therapists in Eastern North Carolina.  Vidant Health’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of Eastern North Carolina.