OncoMed Pharmaceutical’s senior vice president of oncology pharmacy services, Ellen Scharaga, has garnered Joint Commission accreditation for the firm, formed relationships with vendors, and increased the company’s profitability. Based out of Melville, NY, Ellen Scharaga stays current in her profession through membership in groups such as the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).
Since 1975, ASPEN has remained on the forefront of parenteral (intravenous) nutrition. This type of feeding allows medical practitioners to provide nourishment to persons during illnesses that could lead to starvation. ASPEN brings together health care professionals in this field to perform research and share their knowledge with their peers.
October 2013 saw ASPEN and its members engaging in several endeavors. The group’s senior director of clinical practice, advocacy, and research affairs appeared at a Healthcare Supply Chain EXPO panel in Washington, DC, to discuss “New Standards for Patient Safety.” Held on October 22, this event involved the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, among other groups, and focused on the dangers of tubing misconnections and changes to medical device small-bore connectors. Afterwards, ASPEN announced a joint program with the Institute of Medical and Nursing Education, Inc., that will feature regional meetings in three different cities covering gastroenterology issues.