Woodstock Resident Kim Nickels Named Patient Services Manager for LLS

Kim Nickels has been named the Patient Access, Education and Advocacy Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Georgia Chapter.  In her position, Kim will be responsible for increasing direct patient contact, building relationships with local healthcare providers, growing the grassroots advocacy network and integrating the LLS mission into all fundraising activities.


“I am delighted to join the strong team already in place at the Georgia Chapter and am looking forward to supporting patients and families who are affected by blood cancer throughout the entire state,” said Nickels.


Prior to joining The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kim worked for the American Heart Association for ten years, holding a variety of positions within the organization.  Most recently, Kim served as the Director of Quality Improvement Initiatives, where she was responsible for increasing sales, revenue growth, and implementing activities with the Get With The Guidelines Programs for 125 hospitals in the territory.


Kim has a tremendous amount of experience, holding other key positions at AHA, including Community Strategies Manager, Healthcare Account Manager and Regional Manager for Emergency Cardiovascular Care Programs; as well as Program Manager for Quality Improvement Initiatives and Development Specialist for Train to End Stroke.


“We are thrilled to have Kim join our team,” says Piper Medcalf, Executive Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter.  “Kim comes to us with remarkable skills, excelling in developing relationships, both with corporations and volunteers.  With Kim on board, we look forward to further supporting blood cancer patients throughout Georgia.”


The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in Atlanta, helps those diagnosed with blood cancers throughout the state with financial and emotional support. With campaigns such as Team In Training, Light The Night, Man & Woman of the Year and Pennies for Patients, the organization raises more than $7 million each year to help fund its mission.


About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. 


The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Trish Greene Back to School program for children with cancer and Financial Assistance Programs which last year provided over $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,070 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2012.


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