Kirkland Cancer Center News

Kirkland Cancer Center Receives Recognition for High-Quality Cancer Care

Kirkland Cancer Center has been recognized by the QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), as successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. QCP™ builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®).

“We are thrilled to receive this certification from the QOPI® Certification Program, which reinforces our commitment to excellence for our patients at the Kirkland Cancer Center,” said Gina S. Myracle, Executive Director of the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center.

In applying for certification, Kirkland Cancer Center participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP™.

“ASCO’s QOPI Certification demonstrates an oncology practice’s dedication to providing high-quality care to patients with cancer,” said ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO. “The certification process is rigorous and by successfully completing it, providers put into practice their commitment to QOPI® analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices also are able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become QOPI® Certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP™ staff and task force members then verify through an on-site survey that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:

• Creating a safe environment—staffing, competencies, and general policy
• Treatment planning, patient consent, and education
• Ordering, preparing, dispensing, and administering chemotherapy
• Monitoring after chemotherapy is administered, including adherence, toxicity, and complications
• Treatment planning
• Staff training and education
• Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
• Patient consent and education
• Safe chemotherapy administration
• Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being

QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit:

About the Kirkland Cancer Center:
The Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center opened December 16, 2013 and is redefining the  healing process. The Kirkland Cancer Center includes state-of-the-art oncology treatment  processes and inviting areas for treatment that instill a sense of promise in everyone who visits.  As cancer medicine advances, we provide the best, safest options for our patients and also   participate in clinical trials to advance cancer treatment and cancer cure research. At the  Kirkland Cancer Center, healing starts here.

About West Tennessee Healthcare:
West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations throughout 17 counties in West Tennessee. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit

About ASCO:
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to  making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO  represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer.  Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to  conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is  healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn  more at, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us  on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About QOPI Certification Program LLC:
QOPI Certification Program LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to recognizing exemplary  commitment to safety and quality in oncology patient care. Practices that have achieved QOPI®  Certification have scored well on key QOPI® quality measures and have met chemotherapy  safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society in various areas of  treatment and chemotherapy safety.


Robotic Pharmacy to Open at Kirkland Cancer Center

The Kirkland Cancer Center will have a new robotic pharmacy, one of the only of its kind in the Southeast, named after a former Jackson doctor.

On Sunday, the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation named the new robotic pharmacy after Dr. Eugene Reese and his wife Eliane. The robotic pharmacy will allow medications for patients to be mixed more accurately in a liquid form and decrease the amount of waste from other forms of medication.

"I think that's a very nice honor. That's not part of what I was hoping for, necessarily. I was hoping to get the pharmacy beefed up even more than it is to be able to do some interesting things, and keep current and be efficient," Dr. Reese said.
Foundation President Frank McMeen said the pharmacy is being named after the Reeses because of a "sizable" donation made to fund the advancement."This is what he wanted to see us move to. It allows us to provide better treatment for the patients and to lead in the state of Tennessee," McMeen said.

The ribbon-cutting on Sunday officially opened the new facility, making West Tennessee Healthcare the only system in the state with similar technology, McMeen said. The new pharmacy will allow more patients to turn to Jackson and the Kirkland Cancer Center, rather than having to go out of state for treatments.

"You don't have to go somewhere else. You may choose to, but there are many things that you can do right here at home, and this is one of the latest advances," he said. "You don't have to go to Houston, or Wisconsin or Ohio. It puts us in a whole other league of cancer facilities."

Reese said the technology was something he had hoped to see the hospital gain to better serve patients.

"The pharmacy has become more and more involved in compounding the medicines, mixing them and getting them ready for patients to be treated," he said. "The pharmacy has become a much more important role in the treatment of oncology patients than it was 40 years ago."

"This will ensure people will maybe help further the commitment to the Cancer Center, that other people will maybe join us in supporting the Cancer Center in whichever way they feel appropriate," Eliane Reese said.


Our Very Own Carrie Knox Wins Award

Congratulations to the 2016 WestStar graduates. West Tennessee Healthcare was well represented with Carrie A. Knox graduating and being chosen by her class for the C.P. Boyd Award for Leadership.


Dr. Fouche’ received the Dr. M. V. Lynk award from Councilman Brooks for Black History Month 2016



Ashton Ratliff, Clinic Scheduler at the Kirkland Cancer Center, received a personal visit and words of appreciation from  Bob Murray- Recruitment Coordinator with Delete Blood Cancer.  Ashton selflessly donated stem cells  to an anonymous patient requiring a bone marrow transplant.




Relief in Sight for Cancer Patients

It was during a routine eye exam in 2007 that Laurie Clark learned something might be wrong. She felt fine, but her eye doctor noticed hemorrhaging behind her retinas, a possible sign of a high white blood cell count. A trip to an oncologist and a bone marrow biopsy later revealed Clark had chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML, a bone marrow cancer. The best way to fight CML, she said, was to take ...


Congratulations are in order!

Nori Pigue, RN, CN-BN, Breast Care Nurse Navigator at the Kirkland Cancer Center has been certified by The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) as a Certified Navigator – Breast Nurse (CN-BN). The NCBC recognizes the certified navigator as a highly skilled who excels in communication, support, education and elimination of barriers to care from diagnosis to surviviorship and to recognize professionals who have advanced knowledge in the specialty field of breast care.


Kirkland Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Recently Featured

Jennifer Daugherty was recently featured on the website  Following is an excerpt from the article.

Q: What is the most important work you do as a nurse navigator?

Jennifer Daugherty: Have you ever been in a situation so unfamiliar and so full of unknowns it almost felt like you were drowning? That’s the feeling my patients experience when they’re sitting in the exam room, waiting on their pathology results and the doctor says the word “cancer.” My patients are immediately submerged into an ocean of unknowns, of tests and labs and “be here for this and there for that.”

Then in I walk. I offer them a lifeline of emotional support, of resources, of education. I talk but I also listen. I listen to understand their stories. I pull the plug on the fear by empowering them with knowledge and by being the one person in which they can confide for any need, any question. Being present and attentive shows my patients I value them — that’s what’s most important. Everyone, cancer diagnosis or not, has the inherent need to feel heard and seen. By doing that simple act, I watch faces full of fear fade to calm and collected. 




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