Western Connecticut Health Network Announces Integrated Clinical Cancer Research Team Appointments

Danbury Hospital

Dr. Klaus Thaler, Interim Director and Jean Huntington, Executive Director, Western Connecticut Health Network Cancer Centers (Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital, Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital and Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital) are pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Richard C. Frank as the Network Director, Clinical Cancer Research Program, Jennifer Long, RN, MA, APRN, OCN as the Network Clinical Research Manager and Barbara Turner, RN, BS, CCRC as Lead Oncology Research Coordinator, Praxair and Diebold sites. Together, with other members of the clinical trials research team, Dr. Frank, Long and Turner will lead the creation of a Network integrated oncology clinical trials program emphasizing early stage and novel therapies.

Dr. Frank has been in full time practice as a hematologist/oncologist with the Norwalk Medical Group since 2000 and has served as Director of Cancer Research at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Frank has overseen the enrollment of over 500 patients on NCI and industry sponsored studies including First-in-Human clinical trials at Norwalk. He is the recipient of the David King Community Clinical Scientist Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers, The Humanitarian Award of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society of Fairfield County and the Carol B. Bauer Community Spirit Award.

Prior to joining Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Frank was an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in the Division of Hematologic Oncology and was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Grant for research studying the genetic basis of leukemia. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, where he received an MD with Distinction in Research. He served his internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at MSKCC.

Dr. Frank will work closely with lead medical oncologists for clinical research at the Praxair and Diebold Family Cancer Centers, Dr. Vincent A. Rella and Dr. Michael Cohenuram, who have been practicing at the Cancer Centers for 17 and 7 years respectively.

Jennifer M. Long, RN, MA, APRN, OCN, has been employed as the Oncology Clinical Coordinator at Norwalk Hospital since 2005, responsible all components of the research program.

Ms. Long earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Fairfield University. She is a board certified adult advanced practice nurse practitioner and specializes in clinical research for the hematology and oncology patient population.

Previously, Ms. Long held a faculty appointment at Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, responsible for coordinating the clinical and research department for the Lymphoma & Myeloma Division. She also held a faculty appointment at Columbia University’s School of Nursing where she served as a guest lecturer for the graduate oncology nurse practitioner students. Ms. Long was the recipient of the President’s Award and the Nursing Exemplar Award from Norwalk Hospital.

Barbara Turner, RN, BS, CCRC, has been employed by Danbury Hospital since 2007, first as Assistant Manager of the Outpatient Infusion Center and more recently as an Oncology Research Coordinator at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals.

Ms. Turner has a background in industry with a Fortune 500 company where she was responsible for Quality Systems Management and was one of the first few across the company to receive Quality Control Engineer Certification. She functioned as the liaison with regulatory agencies (FDA, OSHA, EPA), vendors and health officials and taught Statistical Process Control. She also holds a patent that entailed chemical, microbiological and fermentation specialization.

Ms. Turner earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a second Major in Chemistry from Mercy College; Associate’s in Applied Science Degrees in Nursing from Dutchess Community College and Medical Laboratory Technology from Westchester Community College; and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and a frequent volunteer for cancer related initiatives.

About the Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.