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Oncology Solutions Mission

Working with healthcare providers, Oncology Solutions develops cancer care programs that transform patient experience, physician collaboration, and financial performance—positively impacting communities nationwide.

Founded in 1973

Over 40 Years of Impact

Founded more than 40 years ago, Oncology Solutions is the first consulting firm dedicated exclusively to the development of comprehensive cancer programs, facilities, and services. Our firm provided guidance to the National Institutes of Health with the design of what became known as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers Program evaluation criteria. Our clients included academic medical centers as well as many nationally recognized research organizations. In the early years, Oncology Solutions also played an integral role in founding the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and participating in the broader shift of cancer care to the community hospital setting.

Seasoned Experience

Reimagining Cancer Care

Since its founding, Oncology Solutions has assisted with more than 1,900 cancer-specific consulting engagements and the planning and implementation of >180 cancer center projects. Our firm has developed a nationwide footprint that allows us to assist freestanding cancer centers, hospitals and health systems, physician practices, academic medical centers, and NCI-designated centers. At 75 percent repeat clientele, our strength is in our results and our relationships.

We build lasting relationships

Our Senior Leadership

Richard B. Taylor, PhD

Founding/Senior Partner

During his 40 years in cancer program consulting, Richard has played an influential role in shaping the dialogue and the evolution of cancer program development. Since the early 1970s, Richard has focused on bringing value and real-world solutions to clients’ unique business challenges by helping them leverage their strengths and find new opportunities in the competitive marketplace.

Serving as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Richard was instrumental in designing what became known as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers Program evaluation criteria. He co-founded the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and served as its director for the first year.

Rhonda S. Mealor

Senior/Managing Partner

For more than 25 years, Rhonda Mealor has helped health care organizations of all types and sizes to align current operations and strategic goals to improve performance and achieve long-term growth. Focused on process improvement and adherence to evidence-based standards of care, Rhonda works closely with physicians and clinical staff to establish treatment guidelines as well as quality measurement and reporting methods. She has helped many organizations reduce costs, improve resource utilization, and provide more efficient, coordinated care through the development of multidisciplinary, tumor-specific programming. She has established more than 55 teams and facilitated nearly 400 tumor-site meetings across the United States.

Kelley D. Simpson, MBA, Healthcare Leadership

Senior Partner

Kelley has spent 26 years utilizing her unique blend of strategic, financial, program development, and implementation experience to assist a wide variety of cancer care providers. Clients appreciate Kelley’s forward thinking and her keen understanding of evolving payment models and industry concerns. Her expertise with oncology service line performance, organizational strategy, and cancer care service and technology developments supports collaboration with clients to improve market position, operations, and financial performance. She has also developed and negotiated numerous hospital–physician arrangements, helping both parties to improve efficiency and succeed financially in today’s healthcare environment.

Ryan P. Langdale, MBA

Partner

Ryan works with clients to successfully navigate the complexities of oncology care in a rapidly evolving health care environment. He has robust experience in partnering with hospital and health system leadership to prioritize program initiatives, interpret competitive landscape, anticipate emerging trends, and develop sound strategies for long-term growth and strong financial returns. Ryan’s project experience spans over 50 cancer programs around the country and includes strategic planning, delivery network design, physician alignment and transactional strategy, clinical program optimization, and value-based care design. These projects have advanced patient-centric cancer care across a range of academic medical centers, regional health systems, and single community hospitals.
We deliver impactful results

Our Consultants

Jake A. Jones III, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP®

Vice President, Facilities Design & Development

Jake specializes in developing sustainable, environmentally-sound facilities that truly work for clients–both financially and operationally. Establishing his early career in the design and construction of banks and financial institutions, a client referral for a cancer center project shifted his focus from bank vaults to radiation therapy vaults. Fascinated by the technology and dynamics of cancer care delivery, Jake made the decision to dedicate his architectural practice to the development of cancer centers. For over 20 years, Jake has applied his extensive knowledge in cancer facility design and planning to numerous projects throughout the US and abroad. Jake assisted with program development for a 56,000 sq.ft. cancer facility–from initial concept, through construction, grand opening, and subsequent facility and technology additions–and helped build a nationally-recognized cancer program.

Tricia Strusowski, MS, RN

Manager

With over 30 years of experience in the oncology field, Tricia has worked in a variety of roles including an oncology nurse, nurse manager, case management, and a clinical director overseeing a multitude of departments, including cancer care management. Her passion is in-patient and family centered care in the oncology landscape. Tricia puts this rich work history to practice in consulting on the strategic development and implementation of Nurse Navigation programs within private practices, hospitals, and health systems across the country. Tricia is an active member in the development of standards and measures for the healthcare community regarding Nurse Navigation and the development of Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Centers having been a regular contributor to publications, such as Oncology Issues, and presented multiple times at AONN and ACCC national conferences.

Alina Maleski Smith, MHA

Manager

Alina brings an extensive background in process improvement and data analysis within the healthcare industry to her work with community hospitals, academic medical centers, and health systems. She has recently assisted in successfully negotiating a number of hospital-physician alignments, performing practice assessments, fair market value valuations, and drafting term sheet agreements. She has also completed analytics and presented on environmental assessments for clients, looking at the service area characteristics and market share, conducting confidential interviews with stakeholders, gap analysis of cancer program components, and reporting to oncology system planning advisory committees.

Daniel DePonte

Senior Consultant

Daniel combines a rich background in financial analytics with a comprehensive business sense. His attention to detail and financial and management education translates into revenue cycle and operational structure insights that help clients operate at a high level of efficiency and excellence. Daniel’s experience has been instrumental for clients in the development of analytics for our strategic planning engagements. He has significant experience managing Oncology Solutions’ physician engagement and transactional work, successfully completing several transactions over the last three years. A graduate of the Verizon Future LEADers Program, Daniel has developed multiple financial system enhancements and has helped clients on financial planning, organization, structure, and revenue segmentation.

Jeremy C. Stapp, MBA

Senior Consultant

Jeremy combines a passion for healthcare and his experience in strategy and process improvement to assist community hospitals, academic medical centers, and health systems with implementation of patient-centric oncology service lines. Clients appreciate Jeremy’s ability to truly listen to their stakeholders and identify key barriers and opportunities for their program. Jeremy’s project experience includes strategic planning, multidisciplinary tumor site teams, physician alignment, and various clinical program development activities. Prior to joining Oncology Solutions, Jeremy developed his project management skills in the healthcare industry at Concentra, Inc. where he created new patient volume and data tracking reports to optimize patient flow management and increase patient compliance.

Hunter Lambert

Senior Consultant

Hunter has a background in private equity finance, managing financial planning and analysis for an Atlanta-area startup. He transitioned to banking and insurance consulting to assist clients with process improvements, finance transformations, and strategy development. Hunter most recently completed projects for two Fortune 100 insurance companies, leading outsourcing efforts to generate substantial capacity gains for their finance segment in addition to implementing new reporting metrics and KPIs, allowing the organizations to better adapt to short-term fluctuations in the market. He applies his modeling and strategy expertise to the healthcare industry to provide holistic, actionable plans to empower hospitals, medical centers, and health systems to improve the organization’s market share and profitability while increasing patient satisfaction.

Brian Leigh, MBA

Senior Consultant

Brian has a background in healthcare that includes experience working for hospital systems and medical device suppliers. Brian brings a variety of practical knowledge, with emphases in finance, accounting, and data analytics. Prior to joining Oncology Solutions, Brian worked as a financial analyst at both Molnlycke Health Care and Piedmont Healthcare, where he developed his skills in financial analysis, data modeling, budgeting, andmarket analytics. This experience is invaluable inassisting clients with identifying their currentopportunities and then capitalizing on theseopportunities through successful strategic planningand implementation, resulting in increasedefficiencies and, most importantly, improved levels ofcare for the patient.

Alex Glonek

Senior Consultant,
ONC iQ®

Alex brings a strong background in finance, consulting, and IT. Blending business expertise with technical savvy, Alex enjoys finding new solutions for client business needs. He currently leads development for ONC iQTM, our cancer business intelligence platform. ONC iQTMcaptures cancer program data in near real-time, enabling continuous performance monitoring and offering an opportunity to visualize the oncology service line like never before. Alex’s entrepreneurial spirit inspires start-up ideas and applications for emerging technologies to help our clients achieve greater success.
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Our Corporate Support

Cheryl Lyons

Director of Administrative Services

From business operations and client scheduling to the many details associated with employee recruitment, retention and benefits, Cheryl wears many hats as Director of Administrative Services. But with the skill and steady resolve of an air traffic controller, she brings an order and calm to the flurry of activities that pass daily through Oncology Solutions’ busy office. With extensive office management and administrative experience, she plays an important role in supporting Oncology Solutions’ consultant and senior leadership teams. She is often the first point of contact for clients, visitors, and vendors and is their go-to contact for questions and coordinating communications or engagements with senior leadership staff. A creative problem solver, she is a stickler for deadlines and a pro at research and finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Anthony O. Porter, MBA

Manager of Finance

Anthony joined Oncology Solutions in 2003, bringing more than a decade of experience from the hospitality industry. A native of Lucea, Jamaica, Anthony has parlayed a love for warm, sunny climates with career opportunities in the corporate offices of such travel and leisure destinations as Grand Lido Resort in Negril, Jamaica and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Managing everything from invoices, accounts receivables, accounts payables to budgeting and tax compliance. Anthony keeps the business side of Oncology Solutions running smoothly. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and completed his Master of Business Administration at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. In his free time Anthony enjoys singing in his church choir, cooking traditional Jamaican cuisines, and spoiling his two nephews, Huntley and Bradley.

Rachel Street

Senior Administrative Assistant

As Senior Administrative Assistant to the Senior/Managing Partner, Rachel juggles a variety of roles, including scheduler, travel coordinator, and point of contact for clients and their assistants. In addition to her work coordinating site visits and conference calls, Rachel is a dedicated member of the Editorial Committee and is the first line of defense against typos and grammatical errors in a variety of key documents and presentations. A native of England, Rachel has lived throughout the United States. She has found her home in Atlanta, where she enjoys live music, spending time with family, and perusing the many secondhand bookstores that the area has to offer. Rachel studied English Language and Literature and History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in California and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Ashley Hawkes

Senior Administrative Assistant

After working in healthcare for many years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Ashley joined the Oncology Solutions team in 2015 as Senior Administrative Assistant to the Founding/Senior Partner, where she coordinates travel, site visits, and marketing leads, as well as updates Oncology Solutions’ social media platforms. Ashley is a proud Boston native who moved to Atlanta in 2014 with her fiancé, Andrew. In her free time, she enjoys working out and heading to the beach for relaxation in the sun. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communications and Marketing from Elon University in North Carolina and is looking forward to her spring wedding.

Ivy Rabie

Senior Administrative Assistant

Ivy joined the Oncology Solutions team in 2015 as Senior Administrative Assistant to the Senior Partner. In this position, Ivy provides assistance with booking travel, scheduling site visits and marketing calls, and also maintains the Oncology Solutions website. She serves as the contact for multiple clients and assistants, and provides technical and logistical support for a variety of projects, meetings, and conferences. Ivy is originally from the Washington, D.C., area and moved to Atlanta in November 2010. Before moving, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In her free time, Ivy enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, hiking, and painting.

Erica Howze

Administrative Assistant

As a key member of the Oncology Solutions administrative team, Erica keeps the day-to-day operations of the office running smoothly. In addition to ordering supplies, greeting clients and vendors, and maintaining a comfortable atmosphere, she also participates in the planning and coordination of staff events and outings. Although she considers herself a southern girl, Erica originates from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. She is the proud mother of a bright and industrious son named Carter. In her spare time, Erica enjoys watching documentaries, spending time with family, and working as a volunteer, providing healthcare supplies to the homeless once a month.

What Our Clients Are Saying

“As an oncology medical director and radiation oncologist, my experience with Oncology Solutions spans many years. The firm was engaged to assist our medical staff and administration with business, space and equipment planning for our original cancer center facility. As our program matured, we re-engaged Oncology Solutions over the years to assist with organizational planning, disease site program planning and joint venture opportunities. Now, 10 years later, Oncology Solutions is assisting us with expanding our existing facility to a major comprehensive cancer center of 60,000+ GSF. Throughout all of my experiences, Oncology Solutions has been very physician-industry savvy, equally hospital and physician supportive, and very creative and efficient in their consulting and implementation practices. Oncology Solutions definitely has served many times as a catalyst for our oncology service line growth.”

Pete Garrett, MDMedical Director

“I was co-engaged as a consultant with Oncology Solutions to provide Medical Director oversight for the development of the only comprehensive cancer center in the Caribbean. Not only was Oncology Solutions exceptional to work collaboratively with during this process but their professional team was integral to making the project a success from a range of aspects including planning, budgeting, medical staff and executive team relations, technologies and facilities development, and marketing and fundraising guidance. Without Oncology Solutions, these project successes could not have been realized.”

Bert Petersen, MDSurgical Oncologist

“At Griffin Hospital, when we made the decision to seek assistance with a radiation therapy feasibility study, we researched several firms. But, only one of these firms provided a full range of oncology-specific services that ultimately served us throughout our project--from conception to facilities and equipment planning and CON submission. And, along the way, Oncology Solutions made incredible strides through collaboration with our medical staff, assistance with selection of a radiation oncology provider, education of our Board, facilitation on legal and regulatory issues related to finance and organizational structure, and many others core to the concept of developing a "world class" program and operation. Thanks to Oncology Solutions' professional guidance, our dream of establishing a comprehensive community cancer center will be a reality.”

Pat Carmel, CEOGriffin Hospital
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