UChicago taps cancer CAO from RWJBarnabas

UChicago Medicine has appointed Kimyatta Washington vice president and chief administrative officer of cancer services for the health system, effective Feb. 1.

Ms. Washington joins UChicago Medicine from West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health, where she most recently served as vice president of oncology services for the system's central region and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

At RWJBarnabas, she helped plan and design the $750 million Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center in New Brunswick, which will be New Jersey's first freestanding cancer hospital.  

In September, UChicago Medicine broke ground on an $815 million project to build Illinois' first freestanding pavilion for cancer care and research. The health system also plans to open a multispecialty care center next spring in Crown Point, Ind., which will include cancer resources such as infusion therapy and radiation, medical and surgical oncology.

"Kimyatta's experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to expand our presence as a hub for cancer diagnosis and treatment," UChicago Medicine COO Jason Keeler said in a Jan. 4 news release. "As we shape the future of cancer care, we are confident she will help guide us to a new level of excellence."

Ms. Washington previously worked at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., leading operational initiatives to improve access, wait times and patient satisfaction. She began her career with Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C., as an administrative fellow, devoting the second year of her fellowship exclusively to the cancer program.

She has a master of health services administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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