Meet Mike Williams, Regional Vice President of Northeast Operations
The smallest gestures make the most impact
When practices join the OneOncology platform, our team works hand in glove with each partner to support their integration, operations, innovation and growth. Our mission to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer begins by cultivating expert talent to help our partners reach their goals. In this new series, Meet the Regional Vice Presidents (RVPs), we will showcase some of the individuals that enable our practices to focus on patient care.
Up first is Mike Williams, RVP – Northeast. Read on to learn more about what motivates him, how he supports OneOncology practices and contributes to patient care, and what about his job makes him proud of the work he does.
Q: How do you support OneOncology practice partners?
A: By spending time in each of the practices, I learn and understand the needs of each. This knowledge is crucial, enabling me to identify corporate resources that can help grow the practice and ensure its strong future. It is my job to bring new opportunities, best practices and economies of scale to each practice, while respecting their unique individuality.
Q: Tell us how it makes you feel to know your work is contributing to the care of patients?
A: As a nurse, patients have always come first and been the focal point of what I do every day. I can honestly say I miss the bedside element of working with patients, but I recognize the work we do every day at OneOncology, allows patients to continue to get high-quality care in their communities instead of having to go to the hospital for treatment.
Q: What is it about your job that makes your particularly proud?
A: The amazing part of working in oncology is that you can easily make a difference. This was validated for me very early in my career as a hospital nurse intern. A patient and his wife were struggling with his diagnosis and treatment. He had very limited mobility, so his wife was constantly by his side supporting him. After an extremely exhausting day, the couple called for fresh ice and water in the middle of the night. I will always remember the look on their faces when I walked into his room. The appreciation they showed me for such a simple task was as if I had brought them a brick of gold. This is when I realized oncology is where I wanted to be. If something so simple could positively affect someone’s day and put a smile on their face, imagine the impact we could make with cancer patients when we put them at the center of all our decisions. I am fortunate to have had this revelation early; it has brought satisfaction for most of my career.