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  • Three receive appointments at Regional Cancer Center

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  • UTICA — Olga Pavlyukovets, RN, MS, FNP, Evelyn P. Kropp, BPS, RN, CPHQ, and Suzanne M. Simmons received appointments at the Regional Cancer Center at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare.
    Pavlyukovets was named nurse practitioner and palliative care consultant for the center. In her new role, Pavlyukovets will provide palliative health care to patients and families focusing on the prevention, reduction or soothing of the symptoms of serious illness or disorder, patient and family education and counseling. She will work in collaboration with a physician using established guidelines as needed within an established scope of practice.
    Pavlyukovets’ previous position with FSLH was as a family nurse practitioner with the Adirondack Community Physicians Waterville Medical Office.
    She has also worked as a staff RN and charge nurse on the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit at FSLH.
    Pavlyukovets received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the family nurse practitioner accelerated program from SUNYIT.
    Kropp was named palliative care navigator for the center. In her new role, Kropp is responsible for navigating patients and all levels of health care providers through the palliative care and end of life process. Her duties include pain and symptom management, explanation and implementation of advance directives, and support for patients and residents, family and staff.
    Kropp’s previous position with FSLH was as a clinical information specialist.
    Prior to joining FSLH, she worked for a health care facility in Cooperstown in a number of positions including as a radiation oncology nurse and patient navigator in a cancer treatment center.
    Kropp earned her degree in nursing from Ellis Hospital School of Nursing in Schenectady and her bachelor of professional studies in health services management from SUNYIT.
    Simmons has been named administrative assistant for the Regional Cancer Center. In her new role, Simmons will support the executive director for the cancer program and serve as a liaison for accrediting agencies, community members, organizations and local businesses. She will alos support cancer-related events and fund raising activities.
    Simmons’ previous positions with FSLH were as an administrative assistant to the director of nursing for quality and programs and the director of nursing for surgical services. Prior to joining FSLH, Simmons worked as a marketing coordinator and executive assistant to the president for Fastrac Markets in Rome. She has more than 25 years of executive level administrative assistance and completed FSLH’S Aspiring Leaders Program in 2010.
    Simmons earned her bachelor of science in English from SUNY Brockport.

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