FORT MYERS — American Oncology Network, an alliance of physicians and seasoned health care leaders with practices in 13 states, named Dr. Stephen “Fred” Divers its advisory board chair.
Divers, an oncologist from Genesis Cancer Center in Arkansas, has provided physician leadership as a member of several national committees and currently serves on the board of the Community Oncology Alliance, according to a statement. “As a physician-led organization, AON differentiates itself by providing community-based practices with the expertise needed to navigate today’s complex healthcare landscape, while also allowing them to maintain practice independence,” Divers says in the release. “The AON Advisory Board reinforces the value of this partnership to strategically guide physicians and enable them to continue providing excellent care to patients outside of hospital settings.”
The AON advisory board, which provides strategic guidance to its growing network of physicians and practices, also added four new members to join Divers on its new executive committee. The new members, according to a statement, are Dr. Michael Castine III from the Hematology/Oncology Clinic in Louisiana; Drs. Patrick Elwood and Taral Patel from the Zangmeister Cancer Center in Ohio; and Dr. Rangappa Rajendra from the Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston, Va.
“It is a pleasure for us to announce the AON Advisory Board Executive Committee,” AON CEO Brad Prechtl says in the statement. “We’re confident that under their leadership, the group will continue to make a positive difference in our mission to preserve and protect the sustainability of cancer care within the community.”
Consisting of 18 physicians representing AON’s rapidly expanding network, the group advises on a range of trends impacting clinical and practice activities. The group’s goal is to serve as an advocate for AON’s physicians and physician groups, the release states, providing counsel and support on all issues related to business improvement, strategic development, quality and compliance.
Launched in 2018, American Oncology Network represents 80 physicians and 50 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 13 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience.