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Employee Profile: David Vinas

When Smilow Cancer Hospital officially opened in October of 2009, the smooth transition for patients and their families was due in large part to David Vinas, Manager of Operations for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. He was responsible for all of the logistics and operations that went into the opening of Smilow and he continues to be the point person for facilities and operations issues.

"After being in the hospital industry for over 10 years, I had the unique opportunity to be a part of the creation of a new care model with Smilow, soon to be one of the foremost centers in the country," said David. "And I continue to work to maintain that level of excellence every day."

Most recently, David was a member of the team that was responsible for the integration of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Cancer Care Centers, where community doctors joined the Smilow team in order to bring the full expertise of cancer care into the community. Planning for this initiative began over a year and a half ago and to make sure everything was executed in an organized fashion, David opened and led a command center to handle any issues in an efficient and timely manner. This command center resolved over 500 open issues in a 2 week period, ensuring a smooth transition in a very complex process.

David also oversees The Boutique at Smilow Cancer Hospital, the Patient Resource Center, and the Complementary Services Program, among other things. He leads initiatives to improve patient throughput and makes sure everything is running smoothly so that patients have an exceptional experience.

Catherine Lyons, RN, MS, Clinical Program Director of Smilow Cancer Hospital, commented, "David Vinas has a largely "behind the scenes" job where most of the time people are coming to him with issues that need to be resolved and problems that need to be solved. He does an outstanding job of handling these situations so that there is little disruption to the physicians, staff or the patients. You cannot have great organizations without people like him."

Abe Lopman, Vice President and Executive Director of Smilow Cancer Hospital, also commented, "David represents the best in Smilow leadership. He is tireless in his efforts to assure a positive experience for our patients, visitors and staff."