Nov 23, 2020 12:00 PM


employees of HCI wearing masks

Dear fellow Utahns,

We, the physicians, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, and other medical professionals of Huntsman Cancer Institute who have dedicated our lives to fighting cancer, urgently need your help. Our community, state, and nation are facing the biggest public health emergency of our time. We have lost more than 790 people to COVID-19 in our state, and we have seen a dramatic impact on jobs and the economy. This pandemic has taken an incredible toll on all of us, and everyone desires a sense of normalcy. Unfortunately, the surge of COVID-19 cases we have feared since March has now arrived. Utah’s hospitals are full, which can cause delays in cancer care. We worry that if this trend continues, more cancer care may have to be delayed by hours or days until beds are open. We also know COVID-19 has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups, further impacting our cancer patients and our workforce.

Utahns are known for our kindness, sense of community, and dedication to helping fellow citizens. In order to keep our patients safe, we all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please, wear a mask, maintain physical distance, wash your hands, and remember that the safest way to celebrate the upcoming holidays is at home with the people in your household. Do this for your family member, neighbor, or friend who needs and deserves cancer care without delay. 

Along with Huntsman Cancer Institute as a whole, the clinical professionals below add their personal endorsement of this message.

Kate Harris, MD
Thomas Varghese, MD, MS
John Ward, MD
Emily Erickson, APRN
Andrea Schindler, APRN
Sagar Patel, MD
Jaclyn Piper-Williams, APRN
Brock O’Neil, MD
Phoebe Freer, MD
Matthew Poppe, MD
Jennifer Makuakane, PA-C
Meghan Vigil, APRN
Michael Deininger, MD PhD
Jutta Deininger, WHNP
Courtnee Neilsen, PA-C
Tim Barton, APRN
Ming Y Lim, MBBChir
Dev Abraham MD, MRCP(UK)
Vasanth Jayaraman, PA-C
Cassie Kuhn, APRN
Hannah Maciejewski, PA-C 
Jace Johnny, APRN 
Kristine Kokeny, MD
Alvin Kwok, MD, MPH
Mary Steinbach, APRN
Kelsie Anderson, APRN
Douglas Grossman, MD, PhD
Shane Lloyd, MD
Shane Backman, PA-C
Jonathan Tward, MD, PhD
Jessica M. Donigan, MD
Heloisa P. Soares, MD, PhD 
Brian L. McClune, DO
Samantha Gaffney, PA-C
Anna Beck, MD
Cassidy Doucette, APRN
Adam Christiansen, PA-C
Alexandra Locke, PA-C
Luke Maese, DO
Gry Wheaton, PA-C
Lyen C. Huang, MD MPH
Keith Duffy, MD
Paige Harasha, PA-C
Laura Lambert, MD
Chakravarthy Reddy, MD
Jessica Cohan, MD, MAS, FACS
Jan Weidner, PA-C
Jill Sindt, MD
Breanne Eddington, PA-C, MPH, MS
Esther Kannapel, FNP-C, APRN
Harsh Shah, DO 
Megan Atkin, PA-C
Theresa Werner, MD
Nancy Duncan PA-C
Daniel Odell, MD
Sean Strope, PA-C, MPAS
Jessica Coon, APRN
Richard Cannon, MD
Marisa Adelman, MD
Julia Batten, APRN
Cindy Matsen, MD, MSCI
Donald M. Cannon, MD
Jane Porretta, MD
Paul Shami, MD
John Hyngstrom, MD
Luke Jenkins MHS, PA-C
Anna Freudenberg, APRN
Regina Rosenthal, MD
Lisa Anderson, RN
Brighton Loveday, APRN
Laura Bickel, APRN
Jennifer S Shaw, APRN
Brittany Livingston, PA-C
Ami Patel, MD
Kristi Kundrat, RN
Sara Lorscheider, PA-C
Veronica Robison, RN
Lawrence Marsco, RN
Mary-Jean Austria, RN
Janis Gunnell, RN
Jen Jones, RN
Melissa Wright, RN
Shirleen Gamonal, RN
Ashleigh C. Lewis, RN
Amanda Dailey-Hansen, RN, AG ACNP DNP Student
Lauren Studiner, RN
Shelley White, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, PhD(c) Nursing
Annie Budhathoki, DAOM L.Ac
Erin Richardson, RN
Pam Hansen, MD
Mary DeWall, LMT
Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt, BSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT, C-MQI
Benjamin Smith, LMT
Emma Casaril, RN
Nora Hill, CNA
Nicole Ward, RN
Jen Horowitz, RN
Mikka Pendergrass, RN
Christina Story, MA

covid-19 coronavirus hci proud

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