American Oncology Network Strengthens Team with Key Leadership Appointments

National community oncology network appoints Chief Growth & Relationship Officer and Vice President of Laboratory Services

Fort Myers, Fla., May 6, 2021 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of oncology treatment in community-based settings, recently announced two key leadership appointments. Longtime marketing and sales executive Shelly Glenn has been named Chief Growth & Relationship Officer and laboratory management expert Curtiss McNair has come on as Vice President of Laboratory Services.

In this newly created role, Glenn will be responsible for driving a collaborative approach with AON management and practice leadership to ensure the organization continues to create and deliver differentiated services and capabilities, as well as gain market leadership. Glenn will oversee referral base management and physician recruitment, as well as foster deeper relationships and better engagement within the communities AON and its practices serve as well as within the organization.

Prior to joining AON, Glenn was the Chief Development & Community Partnership Officer at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), where she played a key role in bringing the organization to the forefront of community oncology. She oversaw critical growth initiatives as well as efforts to strengthen patient advocacy and community partnerships. Glenn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Lehigh University, as well as a Global Leadership designation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Dedicated to increasing cancer awareness and education, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Suncoast Chapter, American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Board and as the Marketing Chair for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO).

AON President & Chief Development Officer Brad Prechtl, MBA said, “Over the years, Shelly has helped nurture key relationships bringing people and organizations together and has had tremendous success in boosting new patient growth. We look forward to leveraging her expertise as we seek to enhance the overall growth strategy.”

McNair will oversee AON’s laboratory and pathology services. McNair comes to AON from BayCare Health System in Tampa, Fla., where he served as the East Division Laboratory Director managing the inpatient, outpatient, and outreach testing for nine hospitals consisting of two women’s hospitals and a children’s hospital. He began his laboratory career while serving in the U.S. Army as a Medical Laboratory Specialist. He has also worked in other roles as Manager of Laboratory Quality and Point of Care Testing at United Memorial Medical Center and as a Senior Laboratory Manager at DaVita Labs in Deland, Fla. McNair received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Victory University, Memphis, Tenn., a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Piedmont International University, Winston Salem, N.C., an MBA from Ashford University and is currently a second-year Doctoral student at Carolina University specializing in Organizational Leadership. 

“Curtiss’s vast experience in training and supervising teams, his experience in quality management to ensure quality outcomes and patient focus, and knowledge of accreditation and certification processes makes him uniquely qualified for this role,” said AON CEO Todd Schonherz. “Both Shelly and Curtiss will play key roles as we embark on our next phase of growth. As we bring new capabilities and programs to our practices, we will solidify our role as a leader in the community oncology space and bring meaningful value to our partner physicians, practices and ultimately our patients.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network currently represents 102 physicians and 65 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 17 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
941.224.8736

American Oncology Network, LLC & The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Welcome Bruce Cheson, MD

Fort Myers, Fla., May 4, 2021 – Drs. Ralph V. Boccia, Victor M. Priego and Mark G. Goldstein of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) welcome Hematologist/Oncologist Dr. Bruce Cheson to the community oncology practice. CCBD, an American Oncology Network (AON) partner, has two office locations in Maryland, in Bethesda at 6410 Rockledge Drive, Suite 660 and in Germantown at 19735 Germantown Road, Suite 255. Dr. Cheson is seeing patients at the Bethesda location. 

Dr. Cheson earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Hospital and his clinical and research fellowship at New England Medical Center Hospital. He is Board certified in hematology and internal medicine. 

The CCBD team now includes four medical oncologists providing the highest quality of care, with state-of-the-art technology, and the latest advances in clinical research and therapies. The practice regularly performs more than 300 clinical trials on new and developing diagnostic devices and techniques for cancer and diseases. Through its partnership with AON, the practice offers home delivery of oral oncolytic medications, patient education, and 24/7 pharmacy assistance.

“Dr. Cheson has more than 40 years’ experience in academics focusing primarily on lymphoid malignancies, and we are excited to bring his level of expertise to our practice,” said Dr. Boccia of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

AON President & Chief Development Officer Brad Prechtl, MBA said, “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cheson to The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the American Oncology Network. His extensive experience will help advance cancer and blood disorder treatments for our patients in the Bethesda area.”

AON CEO Todd Schonherz added, “Dr. Cheson has an impressive background in protocol and drug development processes and will be an asset to CCBD patients, helping to get the most effective treatments while providing personalized care.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 102 physicians and 65 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 17 states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders: (CCBDMD.com)

Specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and cancer, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has been serving patients in the communities and surrounding areas of Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland for more than 25 years. Their individualized approach to patient care includes chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and when appropriate, cutting edge therapies on clinical trials. The practice regularly performs more than 300 clinical trials on new and developing diagnostic devices and techniques for cancer and diseases. Patients receive home delivery of oral cancer medications, in-house lab and pathology and on-site infusion therapy. The practice also offers comprehensive support with nutrition guidance and financial counseling.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network Expands Footprint in Northwest with the Addition of Summit Cancer Centers

Fort Myers, Fla., May 3, 2021American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is pleased to announce that Summit Cancer Centers, a leading cancer center in Spokane, Washington, has joined AON effective May 1, 2021.  AON is an alliance of physicians and veteran healthcare leaders uniting to ensure the long-term success of community oncology.

Summit Cancer Centers (Summit) provides care at eight locations, serving patients in eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and western Canada. Summit offers comprehensive cancer services from diagnostic imaging, cancer treatments with the most advanced therapies and technologies, clinical trials to onsite oral chemotherapy and lab services. Cancer treatments include surgical oncology, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other medical oncology therapies.

“Our approach is to treat the whole person rather than only focusing on the cancer itself. As part of this commitment, we offer complementary wellness therapies including acupuncture, cancer massage and nutrition counseling. This approach is at the core of our mission,” said Summit Medical Oncologist Arvind Chaudhry, MD, PhD.

The Summit team includes Medical Oncologists Arvind Chaudhry, MD, PhD, Bruce Cutter, MD, Carolyn Aks, MD, Stephanie Hodson, MD, Mirela Andrei, MD, Janelle Bennett, MD, Surgical Oncologist Aaron Saunders, MD, MAS, DABS, Surgical Breast Oncologist Anne Kieryn, MD, Radiation Oncologists Karie-Lynn Kelly, MD and Jonathan Sharrett, MD.

AON CEO Todd Schonherz stated, “We are excited to have Summit Cancer Centers join AON, through this partnership patients will continue to get high quality cancer care with enhanced services including diagnostic technologies, an oral oncolytic outpatient pharmacy providing home delivery of medications and care management services.”

Additionally, Summit goes beyond traditional medical care by collaborating with all healthcare professionals such as primary care physicians, acupuncturists, dietitians and naturopathic physicians helping to provide the best overall cancer care for their patients. 

AON President & Chief Development Officer Brad Prechtl, MBA added, “We are excited for the entire Summit Cancer Centers team to join our growing network of community oncologists helping to bring the very best in cancer care and treatment to patients, close to where they live.”

With a mission to ensure that everyone has access to exceptional cancer care, AON was founded by well-respected leaders in the oncology community with decades of experience helping oncology practices to thrive by providing proven solutions.

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About American Oncology Network, LLC

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 102 physicians and 65 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 17 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Summit Cancer Centers

Summit Cancer Centers is a community-based medical and surgical oncology practice providing care for patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders. We are experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and clinical support staff providing compassionate, patient-centered care in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and western Canada. 

Services include diagnostic testing, pathology and lab services, specialty pharmacy and a complimentary wellness program with acupuncture, cancer massage and nutritional counseling.

Proudly serving patients at:

13424 East Mission, Suite A
Spokane Valley, WA  99216

13424 East Mission, Suite B
Spokane Valley, WA  99216

2855 East Magic View Drive
Meridian, ID  83642

6001 North Mayfair Street
Spokane, WA  99208

414 Church Street, Suite 206
Sandpoint, ID  83864

1200 W Fairview Street
Colfax, WA  99111

1641 East Polston Ave, Suite 102
Post Falls, ID  83854

143 Garden Homes Drive
Colville, WA  99114

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC

Caroline Hewitt
Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

Partner Oncology Expands Cancer Care Services to Lakewood Area

Lakewood, Wash., May 3, 2021 – Partner Oncology, an American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) partner practice, is pleased to announce the opening of their new cancer center location in Lakewood, Washington at 11311 Bridgeport Way, Suite 303. Partner Oncology has been providing the highest quality personalized cancer care in the Pierce County area for 12 years. 

“We are eager to expand our geographical reach into the Lakewood area, making it easier for our patients to receive the best cancer care and treatments close to where they live,” said Medical Oncologist Dr. Joseph Ye on behalf of the Partner Oncology physicians.  “Cancer already creates so many burdens for our patients, we don’t want them to have the extra burden of having to drive long distances to receive care.”

Partner Oncology provides comprehensive treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. The practice has two medical oncologists and hematologists, Dr. Joseph Ye and Dr. David Wang as well as a nurse practitioner, Loan Retchless.

The community oncology practice offers enhanced patient care including centralized laboratory and pathology services for diagnostic testing, home delivery of oral cancer medications and care management support.

Dr. David Wang said, “Opening this new Lakewood location is really about convenience for our patients, giving them access to the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatments of cancer closer to where they live.”

AON CEO Todd Schonherz added, “This expansion in the Washington area shows our commitment to our patients of bringing exceptional cancer care in their communities where its easier for their loved ones and support networks to be close by.”

Partner Oncology is committed to providing the community with the highest quality care that is based on research, evidence-based medicine and focused on the whole person. Cancer patients will now have access to a diverse range of services for diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and amenities under one roof, giving them unparalleled access to comprehensive, integrated cancer care, close to home.

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 102 physicians and 65 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 17 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Partner Oncology: (PartnerOncology.com)

Partner Oncology (PO) offers convenient access to quality cancer and hematology care for patients in Puyallup, Washington.  A community-based practice, PO provides medical oncology/hematology services and infusion therapy including immunotherapy for treating cancer and other diseases.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
941.224.8736

American Oncology Network, LLC & Messino Cancer Centers Welcome Joshua Baru, MD

Fort Myers, Fla., May 3, 2021Messino Cancer Centers (MCC) team of 14 medical oncologists welcome Dr. Joshua Baru to the community oncology practice.  MCC, an American Oncology Network (AON) partner, has six office locations in Western North Carolina, in Asheville, Brevard, Franklin, Spruce Pine, Marion and Sylva.

Dr. Baru is Board certified in internal medicine and palliative care.  He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital and his fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

Dr. Michael Messino founder of Messino Cancer Centers said, “Dr. Baru brings years of experience in this complex symptom management and palliative care.   He will work closely with our team of oncologists, advanced practitioners, nurses, dietitian and behavioral health therapist—ensuring our patients have resources to handle the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of their cancer diagnosis.”

For over 30 years, the MCC physicians have been providing a full range of exceptional cancer care in the Western North Carolina region.  MCC offers convenient access to comprehensive treatments and support services close to where the patient lives.

“Dr. Baru is passionate about partnering with patients and their families to help improve their quality of life, “said AON CEO Todd Schonherz.  “He will be an invaluable asset by adding palliative care to the array of enhanced patient services including care management, home delivery of oral oncolytic medications, pathology and laboratory services, access to clinical trials and 24/7 pharmacy assistance.”

MCC is a leading independent medical oncology/hematology practice that provides a caring environment with advanced cancer treatments in a setting close to home so patients can be surrounded by their support system of family and friends. 

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About Messino Cancer Centers: (MessinoCancerCenters.com)

Messino Cancer Centers (MCC) provides treatment for adult patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders.  We are experienced physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and clinical support staff dedicated to providing the most advanced and innovative treatments of the highest quality. We work together as a team and recognize that each patient is not just a person with cancer, but a unique individual. Care is provided with the utmost concern and consideration of what is best for the whole person throughout their cancer journey.

MCC physicians provide state-of-the-art evidence-based medicine for patients, incorporating personalized medicine, standard and nationally accepted guidelines, and clinical trials. Through care management and dedicated oncology certified staff, we provide support for patients through all phases of their diagnosis and treatment. The physicians of MCC are grounded in the region of Western North Carolina and devoted to providing care to patients in their communities.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 102 physicians and 65 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 17 states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network & Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Expand Cancer Research Collaboration with Addition of Zangmeister Cancer Center

Fort Myers, Fla. & Nashville, Tenn., Apr. 19, 2021 — American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) and Sarah Cannon Research Institute announced today the addition of AON partner practice Zangmeister Cancer Center (Zangmeister), as a strategic research site. Hematology/Oncology Clinic in Baton Rouge, La., and Messino Cancer Centers in Asheville, N.C., both partner practices of AON, are also strategic research sites under this partnership.

Clinical trials will now be offered as a part of Zangmeister’s oncology services at its cancer center in Columbus, Ohio. Zangmeister physicians deliver the most advanced cancer treatments customized for each patient so they can achieve the best possible outcome. Zangmeister Medical Oncologists serving patients in Columbus are Dr. Tarek Chidiac, Dr. Patrick Elwood, Dr. Mark Knapp, Dr. Jeanna Knoble, Dr. Sameh Mikhail, Dr. Timothy Moore, Dr. Taral Patel, Dr. Jorge Rios, Dr. Mark Segal, Dr. Kothai Sundaram, Dr. Emily Whitman, Dr. Jeffrey Zangmeister and Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Luis Vaccarello.

“The physicians at Zangmeister Cancer Center are truly dedicated to improving the lives and the health of their patients,” said AON CEO Todd Schonherz. “Their partnership with Sarah Cannon Research Institute enables access to a broader range of innovative research studies within the community, matching patients with potentially life-saving treatments.”

AON is currently comprised of an expanding network of partner practices across 16 states. AON practices offer in-house laboratory, pathology and oral pharmacy services all under one roof so that patients can receive the care they need in one location. Research has shown that having easy and convenient access to expert physician care and a comprehensive range of treatments and support services close to home is vital to a patient’s well-being. By collaborating with Sarah Cannon Research Institute, which is a global leader in offering community-based clinical trials, AON is expanding opportunities for patients to participate in cutting-edge cancer research, while reducing the need to drive long distances or travel out of state for care.

Sarah Cannon Research Institute pioneered the first community-based oncology drug development program in the United States and has grown to become a global leader in early phase research, conducting more than 500 first-in-human studies to date. Through its efforts to advance therapies for patients, Sarah Cannon Research Institute has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last decade and enrolls thousands of patients on clinical trials annually throughout its network of strategic research sites.

“By expanding our collaboration with AON, we will further advance our mission to bring the latest therapies through clinical trials into the Columbus, Ohio community,” said Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, MD, President of Clinical Operations and Chief Medical Officer at Sarah Cannon. “We look forward to working together with the experts at Zangmeister Cancer Center to provide even greater access to cutting-edge therapies that patients vitally need, close to home.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network currently represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Sarah Cannon Research Institute is the research arm of HCA Healthcare’s Cancer Institute, Sarah Cannon. Focused on advancing therapies for patients, it is one of the world’s leading clinical research organizations conducting community-based clinical trials throughout the United States and United Kingdom. A leader in drug development, Sarah Cannon has led more than 500 first-in-human clinical trials since its inception in 1993, and has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last 10 years. Additionally, Sarah Cannon offers management, regulatory, and other research support services for drug development and industry sponsors as well as strategic investigator sites through its contract research organization (CRO), Sarah Cannon Development Innovations.

For More Information, Contact:
Caroline Hewitt
Vice President of Marketing, American Oncology Network, LLC 
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Rebecca Gelman
Rebecca.Gelman@sarahcannon.com

American Oncology Network Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Brad Prechtl, MBA to Transition to President & Chief Development Officer;
Todd Schonherz Named Successor of Leading National Community Oncology Network

Fort Myers, Fla., Apr. 1, 2021 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of cancer treatment in community-based settings, today announced that AON President & Chief Operating Officer Todd Schonherz has been named Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2021. Schonherz will succeed current Chief Executive Officer Brad Prechtl, MBA, who will transition to President and Chief Development Officer.

Prechtl has served as AON CEO since its inception in 2017, and in just over two years was instrumental in driving network growth to over 92 physicians in 16 states. Under his leadership, AON achieved month over month record results and expanded services including specialty pharmacy, pathology, care management and clinical research.

“It has been a privilege to have led such an innovative organization,” said Prechtl. “When we founded AON two years ago, our mission was to preserve and protect the sustainability of community oncology for physicians and practices, to ensure patients have local access to exceptional cancer care. The success of our founding partner practices, and the exponential growth of the network is testament to the effectiveness of our business model. I am proud of all that we’ve accomplished together and continue to be inspired by the commitment of my colleagues, physicians, clinicians and employees.”

Schonherz has served as Chief Operating Officer of AON since its inception and was recently appointed President in January 2020. A nationally recognized healthcare executive with more than 25 years’ experience and expertise, he has made significant contributions across practice operations, central ancillaries, information technology and strategy.

Under his leadership, AON Pharmacy achieved 2020 fill rates exceeding 72% nationally, was accepted into the Humana PBM specialty network, earned URAC specialty pharmacy accreditation, and relocated into a new 20,000 square foot facility. AON’s in-house laboratory processed over 2.5 million clinical lab tests, almost 4,300 pathology specimens and expanded the test menu to offer Cytogenetics. A national care management function was initiated to help position AON as a true value-based care provider. A new personalized billing and payment platform was launched, improving the patient financial experience. And telehealth was deployed to ensure patients had virtual access to treatment during the pandemic.

“Todd’s passion for our mission and commitment to our patients, team members and physicians is evident,” said AON Advisory Board Member & Chairman and Genesis Cancer Center Medical Oncologist Stephen “Fred” Divers, MD. “The Board and I are confident that his vision for the future, coupled with his deep knowledge of the healthcare system and proven track record, positions us well as an organization.”

AON Board Member & Chairman Dr. Stephen Orman added, “Todd has been instrumental since AON’s inception and critical to its development and growth. He brings an accelerated focus on executing against key strategies, due to his deep knowledge of the healthcare system and a proven track record of leadership.”

“Our shared focus at AON remains unchanged: providing best-in-class cancer care to patients in their local communities,” said Schonherz. “I look forward to building on the foundation that has been laid by Brad, delivering value to our physicians and our practices, and providing our patients not only the highest quality care but also an exceptional patient experience. Together we will drive AON forward and elevate community oncology.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network Expands Senior Leadership Team and Positions Itself for Continued Rapid Growth

AON announces several senior leadership appointments solidifying the organization’s commitment to community oncology and practice success.

Fort Myers, Fla., Mar. 30, 2021 – American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of oncology treatment in community-based settings, recently announced several new senior leadership appointments. Key changes include:

  • Positioning the Information Technology function, under the leadership of AON Chief Information Officer Mark Moch, as a direct report to the Chief Executive Officer given the importance of technology and informatics as a growth enabler for the organization.
  • Appointing Michael Essik as Vice President, Finance to improve practice performance and financial reporting.
  • Naming Melody Chang as Vice President, Pharmacy Operations, representing the importance of pharmacy operations and revenue to the network’s growth plans.
  • Appointing Guy Messer as Vice President, Radiation and Radiology Services to enhance and expand diagnostic imaging across the network.
  • Naming Katie Goodman as Vice President, Clinical Research to expand clinical research program development across AON strategic sites.
  • Naming Caroline Hewitt as Vice President, Marketing to strengthen the AON and partner practice brands.

Moch is responsible for overseeing information technology across AON and has established an outstanding reputation for innovation and results in the realm of informatics, an area that will continue to be a critical part of the effective delivery of care for our patients. Prior to joining AON, he served as Chief Information Officer for Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) and as Vice President of Information Technology at Promise Healthcare, Inc. A native of Poland, Moch holds a Master of Arts degree in literature from the University of Wroclaw in Poland.

Essik will lead AON’s financial reporting and analysis team including the analysis for acquisitions as AON continues to grow at an exponential rate. In his prior role with FCS, he played a vital part in their growth from nine regions to more than 50 over his eight-year tenure. His over 20 years of prior experience includes progressive financial roles with McKesson and Cardinal Health, the Timken Company, and the acquisition and management of charter schools throughout the southeastern U.S. Essik earned his bachelor’s degrees in finance, business and education from Walsh University and his MBA from Ashland University.

Chang will lead AON’s pharmacy operations and is uniquely qualified for this role, having successfully established the pharmacy operational program in her prior role at FCS, including drafting the pharmacy training manual and instituting the regional trainer program that enabled a standard practice throughout nearly 100 locations. Chang also worked as a lead pediatric oncology pharmacist at Lee Health in Florida and as an oncology pharmacist at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando (now UF Health Cancer Center). Chang received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from China Medical University in Taiwan and earned her MBA degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Messer will lead AON’s radiation and radiology services. With more than 25 years’ experience in a variety of roles Messer has a deep understanding of how today’s healthcare is delivered particularly within the diagnostic imaging space. Prior to joining AON he served as Chief Executive Officer of Trident Medical Imaging, a multi-modality diagnostic imaging organization with a primary focus on PET/CT and oncologic imaging. During his tenure at Trident, he also served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sales. In addition, Messer served on the Technical Assessment Committee for Georgia’s Department of Community Health tasked with developing the state’s Certificate of Need Rules for PET/CT scanners and volunteered his services as Chief Financial Officer for the non-profit Outpatient Imaging Coalition. Messer received his MBA from Georgia State University and his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University.

Goodman will oversee AON’s current and future clinical research initiatives. Goodman brings over 25 years of healthcare experience including oncology nursing, clinical research, and program development. Most recently she worked at FCS where she developed processes which supported a network of 37 community-based clinical research sites throughout Florida, enrolling over 500 patients annually to phase 1-3 protocols. During her tenure she was responsible for many initiatives including opening two fully dedicated phase 1 clinical trial units and implementing technology solutions used to successfully match patients to clinical trials using clinical and genomic data. Goodman earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University.

Hewitt will lead marketing and communications strategies for AON and its partner practices to strengthen brand and support the organization’s long-term growth initiatives. With over 15 years of successful marketing management and leadership experience, she is a data-driven and creative marketer, having achieved excellent results driving demand generation and business growth. Since joining AON in July 2019 as Director of Marketing, she has devised and implemented numerous impactful external and internal initiatives and campaigns. She was instrumental in the creation of the organization’s refreshed brand strategy and website, launched in 2020. Prior to joining AON, she managed the strategic direction of the marketing plan for Harmony Healthcare, oversaw the brand, product and content marketing for Spectrum Enterprise, and online marketing for Greenway Health. Hewitt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies from the University of London and earned her MBA from Durham University, England.

“This organizational announcement is another step forward in our networks transformational journey,” said AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA. “We are moving quickly to position our organization for continued growth and to ensure we can respond to the fast-changing needs of our patients, physicians and employees across the country. Each of these leaders is highly capable and we look forward to leveraging their expertise as we transform our business for the future.”

AON President & Chief Operating Officer Todd Schonherz added: “These appointments support our efforts to create an organization that is focused on vital strategic initiatives, operations, and growth. This is an exciting time for AON. Above all our shared focus remains unchanged as we move forward: providing best-in-class cancer care to patients in their local communities.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Vice President of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

Low Country Cancer Care Expands to the Hinesville Area

Hinesville, Ga., Mar. 25, 2021 – Low Country Cancer Care (LCCC), is pleased to announce the opening of their new location in Hinesville, Ga., at 740 E. General Stewart Way, Suite 210B. This new clinic is designed for patients to have easy access to the highest quality cancer care. LCCC has three other locations including Savannah and Pooler, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C.

The team consists of six providers including two medical oncologists/hematologists, two physician assistants and two nurse practitioners who deliver a comprehensive range of treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

In 2020, LCCC joined the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), a high-growth medical oncology provider with a focus on supporting the long-term viability of cancer treatment in community-based settings. The LCCC and AON partnership helps provide the best cancer care with additional services including efficient home delivery of oral cancer medications, access to a care management team and financial assistance programs to help navigate insurance coverage.

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA stated, “With this new Hinesville location, Low Country Cancer Care is helping to ensure that patients have access to the latest advancements in the treatment of cancer right where they live.”

“Dr. Yannucci and I provide compassionate and personalized treatment plans with a focus on patient care, prevention, education and research—we opened this new Hinesville location to make sure our patients get the very best cancer care conveniently located so they can stay as close to home as possible,” said LCCC Medical Oncologist George Negrea, MD.

LCCC is committed to providing the community with the highest quality care that is based on research, evidence-based medicine and focused on the whole person. Cancer patients will now have access to a diverse range of services for treatment, survivorship, and patient support, giving them unparalleled access to comprehensive, integrated cancer care, close to home.

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About Low Country Cancer Care: (LCCCSav.com)
Low Country Cancer Care has four locations, including one office in Savannah and three satellite offices in Hinesville and Pooler, Georgia and Bluffton, South Carolina. The team includes two medical oncologists, two physician assistants and two nurse practitioners who provide a comprehensive range of treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

American Oncology Network to be First Medical Oncology Network in United States to Offer THOR® Light Therapy at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Fort Myers, Fla. & Bethesda, Md., Mar. 8, 2021 – The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD), an American Oncology Network (AON) partner, is pleased to announce it is now offering THOR® Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy for the prevention and treatment of mouth sores in cancer therapy patients. Patients can now receive light therapy at both office locations in Maryland, Bethesda at 6410 Rockledge Drive, Suite 660 and in Germantown at 19735 Germantown Road, Suite 255.

The positive effects of PBM therapy on oral mucositis have been reported in 42 randomized controlled trials and nine systematic reviews, reducing the incidence of severe mucositis. Guidelines issued by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) in 2019 recommend the use of PBM for the prevention and treatment of oral mucositis caused by radiation.

“Cancer patients deal with many side effects when they go through treatment,” said Dr. Mark G. Goldstein of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. “Head and neck cancer patients receiving a high dose of chemoradiation treatment are almost 100 percent guaranteed to get a high level of oral mucositis. These painful mouth sores can make everyday tasks like eating, swallowing or brushing teeth difficult. Being able to offer our patients light therapy can bring therapeutic benefit. Without sores, patients can maintain their treatment schedules and may be able to avoid feeding tubes as well as narcotics. Maintaining treatment schedules can improve cancer control and overall outcome, along with reducing any long-term side effects.”

Each light treatment takes about 60 seconds and is painless. The light unit is shaped like a flat popsicle which is placed inside the mouth. With this single light unit, the entire mouth can be treated including the tongue as well as the areas near and behind the tonsils. Research done in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, India and Europe, shows no side effects.

Medical Director and CEO of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Dr. Ralph Boccia added, “New developments continue to improve a patient’s quality of life. Currently only a handful of medical universities offer this light therapy. We’re excited to be one of the first community medical oncology practices in the country to be able to offer and treat mucositis, a major side effect suffered by many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.”

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA said, “Bringing the most advanced and innovative technologies to patients is an essential part of CCBD’s mission as a community oncology practice to provide exceptional cancer care to patients close to home.”

AON is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders that provides a unique array of enhanced services to its affiliated community-based oncology practices. It consistently strives to find innovative ways to connect with patients. AON’s community oncology model allows physicians to focus on what matters most — their patients.

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 92 physicians and 62 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 16states. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders: (CCBDmd.com)
Specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and cancer, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has been serving patients in the communities and surrounding areas of Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland for more than 25 years. Their individualized approach to patient care includes chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and when appropriate, cutting edge therapies on clinical trials. The practice regularly performs more than 300 clinical trials on new and developing diagnostic devices and techniques for cancer and diseases. Patients receive home delivery of oral cancer medications, in-house lab and pathology and on-site infusion therapy. The practice also offers comprehensive support with nutrition guidance and financial counseling.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736