Wilma Baliem, ACNP-BC, MSN, ONC
Wilma Baliem is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and has practiced at Mitchell Cancer Institute since 2007. Baliem has worked for the University of South Alabama healthcare system for 30 years fulfilling roles as a registered nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist and educator, and as a nurse practitioner in the adult acute care population. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, both in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. She has worked primarily in the oncology arena, and also functions as a preceptor to many nurse practitioners and medical resident students. Baliem also functions as an instructor for chemotherapy certification and re-certification.
She is an active member of the Mobile Bay Chapter, Oncology Nursing Society and a member of the USA Medical Center Cancer Coordinating Committee. Baliem is a board member of the Breast Friends Forever (BFF) breast cancer support group and is a frequent speaker and cancer prevention advocate serving the Mobile community’s faith-based health initiatives.
Sanjyot Bhadkamkar has worked for the University of South Alabama since 2008. She is a cum laude graduate of USA’s Family Nurse Practitioner program and continues to be affiliated with the USA College of Nursing as an adjunct faculty member. Bhadkamkar began her career as a graduate of the University of Mumbai, India in 1992. She worked as a medical-surgical nurse prior to obtaining her master’s degree at USA and became a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in 2014. Bhadkamkar is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society and co-instructs chemotherapy certification classes at USA Medical Center. She is an active member of both the Mobile Bay Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association (BANPA).
Vanessa Langham Jones
Vanessa Langham Jones is Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and licensed by the state of Alabama. Her scope of practice encompasses the diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems of the adult throughout the aging process.
Jones began her career in health care by working as a youth volunteer (Candy Striper) at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, when she was only 14 years old. She went on to earn a BS and MS in Nursing from the University of Mobile and has focused her career on the care of oncology patients. She has 16 years of oncology experience working as a hospital floor nurse, an infusion or chemotherapy nurse, a cancer center clinic nurse in medical oncology and an oncology educator. In 2013 Jones earned her Master of Science degree in Adult Primary Care from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and became a Nurse Practitioner. She is an active member of both the national and local chapters of the Oncology Nurses Society (ONS) and she believes that the charge of an excellent oncology nurse hinges not only on the care you provide but in building a long lasting and trusting relationship with her patients and their families.
Ashley Flanagan, MSN, CRNP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Flanagan is a board-certified Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Flanagan earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Spring Hill College and a master’s degree in Executive Nursing Administration from the University of South Alabama. She also received a post-master’s certificate in Adult and Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Flanagan began her nursing career at USA Medical Center, where she worked in the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. She also worked as a primary care nurse practitioner for HIV patients at the Mobile County Health Department.
A native of Mobile, Flanagan said she pursued a master’s degree to enhance her nursing knowledge and skills in order to provide high-quality healthcare services to people in her community. “Nursing is an emotionally fulfilling and rewarding career. Being a nurse practitioner gives me the opportunity to create hope, change lives and empower patients. I am able to make a difference and help patients and their families deal with medical issues by treating them with compassion, dignity and respect.”
Mary Lucy Mattei, WHNP-BC
Mary Lucy Mattei joined the Gynecologic Oncology Service in 2015, bringing eight years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse, five of which were spent at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. She has also worked as a nurse practitioner for the Mobile County Health Department and a private ob-gyn practice in Mobile. A native of Canton, Miss., Mattei earned her bachelor of nursing degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She said that treating young girls, some of whom were pregnant, fueled a desire to specialize in women’s health during her master’s studies at the University of South Alabama. Her work at MCI will round out her experience in women’s health, she said. “I’ve worked with patients through the beginning of life and the middle of life in difficult and happy times,” she said. “I have loved it since I stepped in the door.”
Leigh A. Minchew, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC
Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Leigh A. Minchew has been with the University of South Alabama since May 2007, and joined USA Mitchell Cancer Institute in October 2013 as a Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Minchew completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2010 at Case Western Reserve University. She has 12 years of experience as a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner, and 18 years of experience as a registered nurse. She is a current faculty member and faculty senator for the University of South Alabama, and the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Coordinator for the masters and doctoral level nursing programs in the USA College of Nursing.
Impacted by the loss of her mother in 2006 to ovarian/primary peritoneal cancer, Dr. Minchew has tremendous empathy for the individuals, and the families of those, impacted by women’s cancers. She also has a great respect for survivorship programs where care is provided in a seamless fashion, from active treatment to living life to the fullest potential, post treatment. Dr. Minchew is a member of national nursing associations including: the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH); Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); and the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists (SGNO). An active participant in the Alabama State Nurses Association and the Alabama Office of Women's Health Steering Committee, she has a true passion for advancing women's health in the state of Alabama.
Rose Ann Wells, CRNP, AOCNP
Rose Ann Wells has been with USA Mitchell Cancer Institute since 2009 and has been involved in oncology nursing since 1978. As the first Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner in Mobile, Wells is passionate about contributing to the development of a national comprehensive cancer center on the Gulf Coast. Prior to joining Mitchell Cancer Institute, Wells worked with several Mobile area oncology practices. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, and is certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) in Oncology Nursing by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Wells is past president of the Gulf Coast Area Oncology Group, past president of the Mobile Area Oncology Group, and a charter member and past president of the Mobile Bay Chapter, Oncology Nursing Society. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and a past committee member of the American Cancer Society Professional Education Committee.
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