Sandra Heineken, BSN, RN, OCN

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Manager of Oncology Clinical Research, Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute PRMC

Sandra “Sandy” Heineken, BSN, RN, OCN, is the Manager of Oncology Clinical Research at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC).

As an Eastern Shore native, Sandy has a personal commitment to PRMC and its oncology program at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. Upon graduation from Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University, she embarked upon her career at PRMC. After three years working as a staff RN on a Medical-Surgical floor, she transferred to Radiation Oncology as a radiation oncology nurse and remained in that position until her family relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pursuing her interest in oncology, she continued working in the field, only this time as a research nurse at Carolinas Medical Center. This position helped to expand her knowledge of cancer and now a new field – oncology clinical trials. Ultimately, this allowed her to return to PRMC as Manager of Oncology Research.

At Peninsula Regional, she is currently responsible for all oncology research activities including Cooperative Group as well as pharmaceutical studies. The position allows patient contact, which she particularly enjoys, and the opportunity to provide patients with cutting edge treatment – which Sandy describes as very rewarding.

Especially exciting now is the collaboration of PRMC with Johns Hopkins via the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN) which will allow Delmarva residents access to additional and new clinical trials. Recognizing the importance of research and the impact this will have on Delmarva Peninsula residents, Sandy is extremely proud to be a part of this network and the PRMC staff.