Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Studies — Community Health Specialization
Clinical Sessions Coordinator | Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | New York City, N.Y.
Tiffany Goldwire cares deeply for patients and shows it in her current role.
While her position as a clinical sessions coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center involves mainly computer work and administration, she notes her role is critical to ensuring a good patient experience. And she cares deeply about that.
“I work hard to put their minds at ease and make the experience as comfortable as possible, she explains,” notes Goldwire. “I am usually the first person the patient sees as we take care of admissions paperwork and so forth. They are often nervous. The cancer center can be daunting. I always keep that in mind and try to help in any way I can.”
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Goldwire earned a bachelor’s degree in health care studies — community health specialization from Daemen College. She started her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a transportation coordinator, and in 2011 transitioned into her current position as clinical sessions coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the many facets of clinical sessions for patients, including completion of paperwork, organizing outside reports and documents, and making sure appointment schedules do not overlap in departments such as radiology and chemotherapy.
Goldwire says she may interact with 35 to 40 patients in one day, in addition to working with many different doctors and specialists in different clinics throughout the cancer center. Her job oen requires thinking quickly on her feet. Goldwire thanks Daemen for helping her develop the skills she uses every day.
“The community health studies program taught me to be aware of the population you are serving — their background, their culture, the challenge they may be facing,” she explains. “I can see how effective that knowledge has made me as a health care coordinator. I really can make a difference for people.”
Goldwire says she participated in service learning at Daemen, including a two-week workshop for youth in the Dominican Republic. She recently joined the Delta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, an international organization committed to voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, and support organized charities. Her chapter has held several events to support women’s empowerment, March of Dimes, and educational development.