South County Hospital

Patient & Family Advisory Council on Cancer Care Members

  Leah Arsenault, RN, BSN, OCN
An oncology nurse since 2001, Leah is chemotherapy/biotherapy-certified and received national certification in oncology nursing in 2004.  Leah has worked as a chemo nurse, clinical leader of the infusion department, and now as oncology nurse navigator.  

In this role Leah provides support and coordinates care for cancer patients throughout their cancer continuum. Leah’s goal is to help provide the highest quality professional care to each of her patients in a timely fashion.
    Donna Bell, Medical Assistant  

Donna Bell has been working with South County Hospital’s Hematology & Oncology physicians and patients since 1983, and still loves her work. “Our patients have taught me many lessons on living, and not to take things for granted,” she says.

Donna was the primary caretaker for her mother who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1998. This experience increased her awareness on how stressful cancer can be on the patient’s family.


  Matthew Callaghan
Matt was a URI student when he was diagnosed with Stage II testicular cancer in 2010. He had his initial surgery immediately after diagnosis, followed by chemotherapy and a second surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

In August 2014, Matt graduated from URI with a major in Kinesiology and, following graduation, accepted an exercise technician job in South County Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary & Wellness Center. Now, he is helping other cancer survivors maximize their health and well-being through the STAR Cancer Survivorship Program. 

  Mary Jane Carlson 
Mary Jane was diagnosed with Mantle-Cell Lymphoma in June 2014.  She received six months of chemotherapy and frequent blood transfusions at South County Hospital.  Mary Jane describes the SCH Infusion Center as her “home away from home” and praises the staff for the quality of care she received.   Since completing chemo, Mary Jane has been in remission and on a maintenance program.

  Victor Coelho 
Diagnosed with Acute Mylogenic Leukemia (AML) in October 2008, Victor received his initial treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medial Center and went into remission. His leukemia returned in December 2009, and he received a second course of chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant at Dana Farber.

Victor has also been a caretaker of family members. His brother, Claude, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2009 and passed away in 2010. A second sibling is currently being treated for cancer at U Mass Medical Center. 


Jackie Court 
Jackie has experienced cancer from both the patient and family perspective. In 2009, her husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and Jackie supported him throughout his treatment.  In 2012, she learned that she had breast cancer. Jackie had surgery and follow-up treatment at South County Hospital.

Before retiring, Jackie was the head gymnastics coach at Brown University for 32 years.


  Amy Henderson-Crane
Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2010.  She had surgery in Boston at Brigham and Women’s and chemotherapy in the infusion center at South County Hospital.  

Although Amy is a native New Yorker, she has lived in Rhode Island since 1991 and moved to Narragansett in 1998, where she enjoys the surf and sun with her husband and daughter. 

  Rachel Craven
Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at South County Hospital, and had surgery and follow-up treatment at Dana Farber, an experience she describes as “truly amazing”. She also credits her ability to stay strong through treatment to alternative therapies. Six months after her treatment was completed, Rachel formed a Young Woman’s Support Group.

Rachel is a teacher at a local charter school and the mother of two sons. 

  Mary Crook
In December 2010, Mary was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.  Following surgery, she began a rigorous course of radiation followed by chemotherapy.  Mary received all of her cancer treatment at South County Hospital.  

Mary credits the YMCA’s Live Strong program, and the extraordinary support of her husband and children, with helping her to heal and resume a full and active life.  

  Rick Devin
Rick was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. He received chemo and radiation followed by thoracic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Rick experienced a complicated surgical recovery but has been cancer free for five years.

Rick has been a practicing artist for over 40 years and maintains a small gallery/studio in Hope Valley, RI. He is married and has two adult sons. 

  Lisa Diebold, MSPT, CLT, STAR/C 
Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.  She had all her treatment at South County Hospital and, in her words, “had a wonderful experience with the Breast Health Program.”

Lisa is a STAR certified physical therapist and started the lymphedema program at South County Othopedics.  Lisa regularly works with oncology patients as a member of SCH’s STAR team.

Lisa is married and has two children. 


  Lawrence Grebstein, Ph.D.
As a clinical psychologist and member of the affiliate medical staff of the Department of Behavioral Medicine, Larry provides individual and family counseling to cancer patients and their families through the STAR program. 

From a personal perspective, Larry’s mother died of metastatic colo-rectal cancer and his brother is a prostate cancer survivor. In 2007, Larry was also diagnosed with prostate cancer. He received his cancer treatment at South County Hospital and describes his experience as “entirely positive”. 

  Sue Hall, RNP 
Sue has been practicing as a registered nurse since 1982, bringing a combination of knowledge and compassion to patients in her care. She has extensive experience in the coordination of oncology care. As Breast Health Coordinator, Sue supports and guides patients through their treatment and recovery. She is the primary point of contact, overseeing everything from the scheduling of initial surgical consultations through each ensuing phase of the diagnostic and treatment process. 

  Carolyn Hurdis  
Carolyn was diagnosed with a breast tumor in 2006, after which she had surgery at South County Hospital followed by radiation. Four years later she had a recurrence and underwent more surgery followed by chemotherapy. With a year, Carolyn discovered another lump.  She was treated at Dana Farber with radiation and targeted medication. Today she describes herself as “healthy and strong and feeling very blessed.”

Carolyn is retired from a career in education and resides in Narragansett with her husband. 

  Kathy Kenney, RN, OCN
Kathy, oncology nurse in the South County Hospital infusion center, was named the 2014 Oncology Nurse of the Year by the RI and Southeastern Mass Oncology Nurses’ Society.

Kathy is also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer in November 2008, Kathy had surgery and initial treatment at Rhode Island Hospital and is presently enrolled in a clinical trial at Mass General. 

  Suzanne Kirkwood 
Suzanne has experienced cancer from a personal and family perspective. She has been successfully treated for a bone tumor and her father and several family members have also battled the disease. 

As a nurse educator at South County Hospital, Suzanne interacts with staff and patients. Along with other hospital staff, Suzanne supports the Hospital’s Integrative Therapies Committee with the goal of bringing a range of healing modalities to Hospital patients. 

  Norman "Bud" McLeod 
Bud completed treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in February 2012.  His wife, Louise, is a breast cancer survivor having completed her treatment in March 2013.  Both Bud and Louise received their cancer care at South County Hospital.

A neighbor of the Hospital since 2002, Bud has been active in many hospital and community programs. 

  Linda Redmond
Linda is a long-time Hospital employee and a life-long resident of South County. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and had surgery and follow-up treatment at South County Hospital. She states “I found support and caring with every individual.”

Linda has also volunteered to record meeting minutes – a service that is most appreciated.