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Nominee’s nameLisa Muma
SEEN Changemaker CategoryMedicine
Most people would consider a job working with children with life-threatening illnesses and their families as something too painful to do, but Lisa Muma, RN, has embraced this job for more than 30 years. Lisa is a nurse navigator in pediatric oncology at Beaumont Children’s in Royal Oak, Michigan.
One in 1,000 18-year-olds in the United States is a childhood cancer survivor. Late effects of childhood cancer can occur years after completion of treatment. This is why children need life-long follow-up care to monitor their health. At Beaumont's multidisciplinary clinic, patients are seen and evaluated by a pediatric oncologist, pediatric oncology nurse navigator, social worker, dietitian, and psychologist.
Lisa helped create the Survivorship Clinic for pediatric cancer survivors at Beaumont back in 2008. Lisa continues to help manage the clinic and partner with children and their families to assess their current status, monitor patients for late effects and educate patients regarding late effects of the chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Lisa also helps patients focus on cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles and serves as a resource for them and for their primary care providers. She is the person who answers questions and helps troubleshoot problems while staying on top of and providing new information and support.
In addition, every year, she plans and coordinates a month-long series of events and activities to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. Activities include tying yellow ribbons on trees around the hospital, selling t-shirts to raise funds for pediatric cancer patients and partnerships with local schools to help educate teenagers about cancer. Lisa personally cuts, glues and hangs countless yellow ribbons every September.
In addition, Lisa has played an instrumental role in helping to launch and coordinate Beaumont's Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams program. Every single evening in December, Lisa volunteers her time - outside in the elements - greeting families, helping organize the event and even directing traffic! The program has changed so many lives - no child or family wants to spend the holidays in the hospital. Lisa's efforts have literally and figuratively helped brighten lives and spirits through the program.
Lisa has helped care for thousands of children over her impressive career. Her greatest accomplishment is making so many lasting and meaningful connections with children and families battling and overcoming cancer. She has remained in contact with many of her patients for decades.
Lisa is the recipient of the Oakland University School of Nursing 2016 Nightingale Staff Nurse Practice Award and is a Crain’s Detroit Business “Health Care Hero” runner-up.
Lisa also was instrumental in helping Beaumont redesign its shared governance nursing team. Through multidisciplinary nursing councils, staff nurse participation dramatically increased. The shared governance team ensures nurses have a strong voice in hospital policies and decisions.
In 2012, She went on a medical mission to Mali in West Africa with the Ward Church in Northville. She helped care for 750 patients in three days.
Lisa's caring and thoughtful demeanor allows her to connect with virtually everyone she meets. She gets to know each of her patients and their families and remains in contact with them for decades.
She truly impacts her patients' lives - helping them navigate life after cancer. She forms remarkable personal bonds and connections with her patients. She is passionate about everything she does, but she's never one for the spotlight. She is a quiet leader - changing the world one life at a time. There is no one else quite like her.
In addition to her duties with the long-term follow-up clinic, Lisa recently took on additional responsibilities to help all of Beaumont Health embrace and improve Patient and Family Centered Care. Patient and Family Centered Care essentially means helping to put patients and families in the driver's seat for their health care - and ensuring they understand their treatment options. The official definition of Patient and Family Centered Care is: an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care professionals, patients, and families. One of Beaumont's primary goals over the next few years is to become the nation's leader in Patient and Family Centered Care - and top executives at Beaumont asked Lisa to be part of the team that helps make the goal become a reality.
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