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Employee Profile: Kathyrn Pratt

As one of two Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Coordinators at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Kathryn Pratt helps guide patients through the autologous stem cell transplant process. With autologous transplant, a patient's own stem cells are collected and then returned to them, usually after they receive treatment with high dose chemotherapy. Kathryn mainly works with patients that have been diagnosed with myeloma or lymphoma.
 
The main focus of Kathryn's work is educating patients. She answers their questions regarding the process, and lets them know what to expect. She is also responsible for ensuring all components of the autologous stem cell process run smoothly.  This entails coordination with referring physicians, obtaining required laboratory and imaging tests, arranging for chemotherapy prior to cell collection, coordinating apheresis and cell preparation, scheduling of high dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue, and coordinating post stem cell care. She follows patients throughout the process and keeps track of where they need to be and makes sure everyone in the various departments are aware of the patient's treatment plan and any special requirements.
 
"I enjoy being the go to person for stem cell transplant patients. Patient education is a big part of what I do and I spend a lot of time with patients, answering questions and giving them an idea of what to expect," said Kathryn. "I get to work with a lot of different departments in the hospital since there is a lot involved with a transplant. In the nine years I have been in this role, I have gotten to know a lot of wonderful people."
 
In 2013, Kathryn was nominated for the Schwartz Compassionate Caregiver Award and Kirsten A. Pedersen, RN, OCN, Service Line Educator for Hematology-Oncology, had these words of support, "Kathryn completes all of her tasks with thoroughness and skill. The most important component, the education and support of the patient and their family, is where Kathryn shines. Kathryn tailors her communication to each individual patient and family."