HOUSTON, June 2, 2004 – US Oncology has named Kelly Mayer, R.N., O.C.N., as the 2004 recipient of the Pearl Moore Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. The award recognizes her excellence in oncology nursing leadership.

Mayer, manager at Arizona Oncology Associates in Tucson, Ariz., was presented with the third-annual award at US Oncology’s recent Clinical Leadership Council meeting.

“I am very proud to be recognized by my colleagues who nominated me and by

US Oncology,” said Mayer. “To say the least, it is humbling to be associated with Pearl Moore, and the award gives me a greater appreciation of the impact I have as a leader in oncology nursing.”

Mayer, who has served as an oncology nurse for 12 years, has been with Arizona Oncology Associates since 1997. She is active in the Oncology Nursing Society, and is a past president of the Southern Arizona Oncology Nursing Society. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Nursing.

“US Oncology’s nurses are a wonderful blend of skill, commitment and compassion, and the Pearl Moore Award recognizes that spirit,” said George Morgan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of US Oncology. “In an environment that encourages professional autonomy and decision-making in the care of patients, Kelly’s commitment, compassion, strength and support for patients, their families and fellow employees are exemplary.”

Nominations for the US Oncology Pearl Moore Excellence in Leadership Award come from the corps of more than 2,000 professional registered nurses practicing in US Oncology-affiliated practices across America.

The annual award honors Pearl Moore, the co-founder and CEO of the Oncology Nursing Society, a worldwide leader in issues of importance to cancer patients and their caregivers. A US Oncology Medal of Honor Award recipient and a former nursing school director, Moore became one of the first clinical nurse specialists in oncology. A 10-year cancer survivor, Moore is a leading voice on the National Dialogue on Cancer, the national Patient Advocate Foundation and numerous other bodies. Moore is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. 

About US Oncology, Inc.

US Oncology, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is America’s premier cancer-care services company.  The company provides comprehensive services to a network of affiliated practices – comprised of more than 875 affiliated physicians in over 470 sites, including 80 outpatient cancer centers – in 32 states, with the mission of expanding access to and improving the quality of cancer care in local communities and advancing the delivery of care.