The Oncology Care Unit nursing staff meets the inpatient and outpatient needs of acute care and episodic patients and their families. Nurses provide services through a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach; in a warm, compassionate setting, with attention to patient rights, cultural variations and psychosocial needs.
The OCU is staffed with registered nurses, patient care technicians, clergy, medical staff, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, case managers, a clinical nurse specialist in oncology and social workers. These practitioners are available to provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As cancer treatments become more complex, patients require increasingly specialized care. The nurses provide this level of care. Presently, more than half of the full-time nursing staff on the unit are Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN) or Advanced Oncology Certified Nurses (AOCN).
Nurses who achieve these certifications have completed specialized education and examinations in oncology nursing, according to the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Since certification is based on current professional practice, it ensures that certified nurses have the most up-to-date knowledge about cancer care.
Meet the Staff
Lori Krogman, RN, BSN
Krogman is the manager of Tower 4 Medical/Surgical and the Oncology Care Unit. She has been with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford since 1995. Krogman earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Kearney State College, which is now the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Jenny Ellis, RN, MS, AOCN
Ellis, the oncology nurse specialist, has been with Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford since 1997. Ellis received her master's degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University. She has national certification as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse and as a Trainer for the Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course. She is active in the American Cancer Society, the Nurse Oncology Education Program, and the Oncology Nursing Society, Fort Worth Chapter.
Meet the Physicians on the Active Medical Staff
- Thomas Anderson, MD
- Vikas Aurora, MD
- Yvonne Coyle, MD
- Randall Davis, MD
- Sandeep Gill, DO
- Srilatha Hosur, MD
- Kiran Kancharla, MD
- Lea Krekow, MD
- James Mackey, MD
- Mrugesh Patel, MD
- James Turner, MD