News and Information for UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Employees


From left to right: Siri Khalsa, Tina Swanson, Anjanette Cureton, Azura Tallant, Genevieve Garela, Suzanne Campbell, Joe Morales, Naomi Valles, Lynn Saavedra

Congratulations to this Year's
Staff Recognition Award Winners!

Loretta Esquibel, Program Specialist
Naomi Valles, Oncology Nurse (ICU)
Patricia Kuhne, Medical Assistant
Azura Tallant, Facilities Services Tech
Estevan Barela, HR Tech
Jaime Vanderheide, Patient Assistance Technician
Jill Browne, Dosimetrist
Maria Simmonds, Grants Coordinator
Abraham Fernandez, Pharmacy Tech II
Priscilla Garcia, Data Coordinator
Serena Bailon, Medical Assistant
Brenda Granbois, Fiscal Services Tech
Claire Pestak, Associate Scientist I
Clerbert Garcia, Medical Assistant
Genevieve Barela, Admin.II
Joe Morales, Housekeeper
Karissa Medrano, Dosimterist
Sarah Grelle, Program Coordinator
Tina Swanson, Receipting Tech III
Anjanette Cureton, Sr. Clinical Psychologist
Denise Buchanan, Oncology Nurse (ICU)
Julia Torres, Radiation Therapist
Lynn Saavedra, Oncology RN
Maria T Chavez, Clinic Coordinator
Martin Archibeque, GSA
Virginia Williams, Coordinator Tumor Registry
Ruofei Du, Research Scientist
Thomas Montano, Biomed Rsrch Suppt
Siri Khalsa, User Support Analyst
Suzanne Campbell, Patient Navigator

Get Your 2016 Flu Vaccine

It's that time of year again! We have received enough flu vaccine to start vaccinating all our staff and patients.

The official flu campaign will run from October 1 through December 1, 2016. The Cancer Center will offer its employees influenza vaccines through Friday, November 11, 2106. After Friday, November 11, 2016, employees will need to find their own source for getting a flu shot through December 1, 2016. All staff working at the Cancer Center and CRF are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine as early as possible as you are the first line in caring for our patients.

We are required to document whether or not you received the vaccine.

Staff: 1201 Camino de Salud
Where: 4th floor Infusion Suite - check in at reception desk
When: Monday - Friday – through November 11, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm ONLY as to not interfere with patient care.

Where: Room G25
When: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Please see the attached for more information on: exceptions, strains covered, allergies and documentation.

Halloween Floor Wars

It’s time for the UNM Cancer Center Theme Decorating Contest! The decorating will begin Monday, October 24 and judging will take place on Monday, October 31 beginning at 9:00 am. Visit each participating floor to admire your co-workers’ creativity (and get ideas for next year!). Decorations will come down Monday, October 31, in the late afternoon.

Flyer to post.


October Employees of the Month

Mayra MadridMayra Madrid

Patient & Family Services

A few kind words from her supervisor, Jill Schulke:
We have been blessed to have Mayra Madrid join our awesome Spanish interpretation team. Mayra is the ultimate of professional. She is responsive, kind, patient and always helpful with our Spanish speaking patients. She not only interprets but has really become an advocate and navigator throughout the cancer experience. Patients know Mayra will take care of them with her dedication and beautiful smile!! Thank you Mayra for all you do. You are truly an asset to this Center.

Roberta Mora

Roberta Mora

Patient Services

Nominated by Kathy Garcia:

Roberta Mora is a Patient Services Coordinator who works in Registration.  Roberta has been with the Cancer Center since March 2016, and has made a significant contribution to the Patient Services Department. Roberta is a dedicated employee, hard worker, and is always there to help others when needed.  We are very proud to have her on our team. Roberta is most deserving of this award. Thanks for all your hard work!