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Cancer Care Social Worker Named President of National Cancer Group

Posted March 22, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
Virginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, oncology social worker at Pen Bay Medical Center
Virginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, oncology social worker at Pen Bay Medical Center

Virginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, oncology social worker at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, became president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers at its 39th Annual National Meeting March 7.

“I am honored to serve as president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers,” said Vaitones. “I am a strong believer in the interdisciplinary team that is needed in today’s cancer care programs to assist our patients and their caregivers navigate the complexities of their care. I can think of no other organization that understands and supports the ideas and programs of the interdisciplinary team better than ACCC.”

Vaitones completed her graduate work at Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston and has worked in the field of oncology for 35 years. “ACCC, as the only interdisciplinary organization for cancer programs, is uniquely positioned to be the voice for the entire oncology team,” said Vaitones. “During my term, I plan to continue ACCC’s important work shaping policy at the federal level to ensure quality patient care and to support our interdisciplinary oncology workforce.”

Vaitones in a certified oncology social worker in the Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center. She has been working in the field of oncology, palliative care and hospice since 1974. Pen Bay’s Cancer Care Program has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer since 1979. Learn more at: pbmc.org/cancercare.

For more information about the Association of Community Cancer Center, visit the ACCC’s website, accc-cancer.org.

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