CancerCare® Announces Oncology Leader Patricia J. Goldsmith as CEO
Goldsmith to lead 70-year-old national nonprofit for people coping with cancer
NEW YORK, NY (APRIL 7, 2014) – CancerCare® (including the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation), the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, announced today the appointment of Patricia J. Goldsmith as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 5, 2014. The announcement comes as the organization approaches the 70th anniversary of its founding.
“As CancerCare marks seven decades of helping the cancer community, we are thrilled to have found an exceptional leader in Patricia Goldsmith,” said CancerCare National Board of Trustees President Susan Smirnoff. “Patricia is a dynamic oncology visionary with an outstanding record of achievement, and we look forward to expanding CancerCare’s service offerings under her leadership.”
Ms. Goldsmith brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and strategic planning experience to her new role, and has a proven track record of success in hospital and physician academic organizations, as well as nongovernmental health care organizations. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 25 of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education. In this role, she was responsible for overall operations and provided oversight for a multitude of programs and national initiatives.
Prior to joining NCCN, she was Vice President for Institutional Development, Public Affairs and Marketing at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute-Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“CancerCare is a remarkable organization that does so much good for so many,” said incoming CEO Patricia Goldsmith. “As the leading social service organization in cancer, CancerCare is well-positioned to support the coming changes in our health care system directly relating to the psychosocial and financial effects of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. I have admired the organization for many years and am honored to have been chosen to become the next CEO. I look forward to working with the talented staff and Board of Trustees to achieve even greater success in the coming decade.”
Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance.
CancerCare helps 1,000,000 people each year in 98% of U.S. counties, and distributes more than $22.3 million in financial and co-payment assistance. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.
All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers and world leading expert clinicians. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).