Abstract # 2704 A 3+ Year Implementation/Evaluation of Tumor Board Conferences in a Community Radiation Oncology Setting

Presenter: Rakfal, M.D, FACRO, Susan

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Starting in the 1970fs with the decline of the local steel industry, many community] based cancer treatment facilities in the Pittsburgh area suffered dramatic drops in facility utilization caused by both complex community changes and by healthcare reorganizations. McKeesport Hospital, once a large and prosperous suburban facility, saw the oncology staff and filled beds dwindle. A merger of the hospital with the University of Pittsburgh Health System was followed by reinforcement of community cancer care through the infusion of resources and support. Revitalization: We planned in 2004 to rebuild/enhance oncology services including shoring up Tumor Board as a Professional Development commitment.