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July 29, 2021
SROA Blog: A Team Approach to Patient Care

This blog post is based on “A Team Approach to Patient Care,” an article published in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators, Vol 31, No 2. The publication is an SROA member benefit.

In September 2020, Jana Grienke, clinical administrator in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa Hospitals, was recognized as a “Healthcare Hero,” and her team approach to health care was featured in an article.

“In radiation oncology, we’re always uber focused on the safety of patients and staff, but when the pandemic started, it really did force us to have a different perspective and approach with things in the clinic,” she said. “Due to the urgency, we needed to make decisions quickly and sometimes in real time.”

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: COVID-19, Leadership, Staffing
July 16, 2021
Improving Interoperability Through Standardization

This blog post is based on “Improving Interoperability Through Standardization,” an article published in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators, Vol 31, No 2. The publication is an SROA member benefit.

When clinics have separate standalone systems, often there are inefficiencies like duplication of effort, underuse of tools that can lead to errors from manual workarounds, and missing documentation. TriHealth operates five radiation therapy sites, three of which came online during the pandemic, so we needed to standardize workflows and software among all the sites.

By Mike Grindstaff
Tags: Leadership, Standardization, radiation oncology
June 9, 2021
A Tool To Help You Be Both Productive And Present

The same distractions that interrupt office productivity also penetrate remote work environments. There can be spouses, kids, pets, laundry, and yard work to manage. So, how can you be simultaneously present and productive? By learning to set boundaries using common language and simple tools like the 5 Gears.

By Posteed by: Skot Waldron
Tags: Leadership, Staffing
May 5, 2021
Zoom Fatigue is Real

Over the last year many of us have gone from days with face-to-face meetings to hours of virtual meetings. With accessibility increasing, it seems like more and more meetings are happening via online platforms such as Teams, Webex, and especially Zoom. 

Tags: Leadership, Burnout
March 31, 2021
Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the vital role of women in American history.

SROA’s Connect community offers members a platform to ask each other questions, share ideas, or, as the website says, “connect and collaborate.” We asked our Community members what women inspire them in honor of Women’s History Month. Here is a sampling of some of the responses we received.

By Melissa Castan
Tags: Leadership, Diversity, Staffing
March 17, 2021
The Value of Onboarding

As administrators, we cannot underestimate the value and impact of a comprehensive onboarding program. Onboarding is the first opportunity for new hires to get a true sense of our organization’s culture.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Leadership, Staffing
March 3, 2021
How to Lead an Effective Meeting

People want to feel valued, heard, and understood in every environment. So, how do you know which team members want to be led in which way? First, seek to understand yourself, then seek to understand others. The way you communicate will lead to building or destroying your workplace culture.

By Skot Waldron
Tags: Leadership
December 23, 2020
2020: The Remarkable Year

A year ago, we anticipated a new decade and all its promise. At the end of 2019, there were hints that 2020 would be extraordinary though, not in the way we expected. The news of novel coronavirus cases in Wuhan, China, foreshadowed the pandemic that swept across the globe this year, but it wasn’t until early March that we had full awareness of the havoc COVID-19 would wreak.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: radiation oncology, conference 2020, COVID-19
December 16, 2020
How Speed Mentoring Fostered A Long-Term Professional and Personal Friendship

The SROA Mentor Match program is a fantastic way to engage with peers. The program offers members unique networking and career development tools that help you connect, share experiences and get advice on specific problems. And since the program is virtual, you can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime!

By Mel Kauffman
Tags: Leadership, radiation oncology
November 4, 2020
SROA 2020 Highlights: How You Can Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in Radiation Oncology (Part 1)

Dr. Malika Siker, a radiation oncologist with the Medical College of Wisconsin, spoke about ways to advance equity, diversity and inclusiveness in radiation oncology. She concluded her talk by discussing what steps individuals can take to effect change.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Diversity, Leadership, conference 2020