Members of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task force visited Lancaster based on the community reputation of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.

This first-of-its-kind task force, convened under the leadership of Vice President Biden, is focused on making the most of federal investments, research, data, private sector efforts and patient-engagement initiatives in the fight against cancer. Their visit to ABBCI was to learn first-hand lessons from oncology centers with a community focus.

The group, hosted by LG Health executive staff, toured the Cancer Institute and had discussions with patient support and clinical teams. The White House executives are looking at ways to bridge any gaps between research and patient care.
 

From left to right:  Leah Ralph, Policy Director, Association of Community Cancer Center; Rep. Brett Miller, Pa. House of Representatives, Stacey Youcis,  Senior Vice President, LG Health; Anabella Aspiras, Director for Patient Engagement, Cancer Moonshot Task Force; Jerry S. H. Lee Ph.D, Deputy Director, Cancer Moonshot Task Force;  Nikolas Buescher, Executive Director, Cancer Institute; Dr. Randy Oyer,  Oncology Director, LG Health;   Matt Parido, Chief of Staff, Office of Sen. Lloyd Smucker; Brittney Fairman, Policy Analyst, Association of  Community Cancer Centers.

That same week Sen. Bob Casey visited the Lancaster area to learn more about how opioid abuse is impacting the community. Among other things, he learned that area hospitals are seeing a rise in newborns struggling with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as reported by Dr. Christine Stabler, LGHP, Family and Maternity Medicine.

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