Longtime Mayo Clinic Executive Joins Scripps Cancer Care Program

Karen Jensen joins Scripps as director of oncology clinical care line


Longtime Mayo Clinic executive Karen Jensen has joined Scripps Health as director of the oncology clinical care line for the health system’s integrated cancer program.

For the past 21 years, Jensen held a variety of leadership roles in Mayo Clinic’s southwest Minnesota region. Most recently, she was Mayo Clinic’s vice president of quality and director of clinical outcomes. In this role, she was responsible for improving quality and safety across the continuum of patient care, including implementation of a regional medical staff quality program. Previously at Mayo Clinic, she served as vice president of organizational performance, learning and innovation; vice president of operations; chief financial officer; and director of patient flow.

With Scripps, Jensen will be responsible for the oncology clinical care line and developing and improving Scripps’ care and services for oncology patients. Oncology care and treatment at Scripps involves coordination of multiple physicians with specialized expertise and services to provide the best outcomes and experience for patients.

Proven high-level performer

“Karen is a proven, high-level performer who comes to Scripps with a broad range of experiences in virtually all areas of health care delivery,” said Barbara Price, Scripps corporate senior vice president of business and service line development. “She has a special passion for operations, especially collaborating with physicians and staff to continuously improve and transform patient care delivery.”

Jensen earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her master’s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Cancer care at Scripps

Scripps Health is a nationally recognized leader in cancer care, providing comprehensive care at its five hospital campuses and various Scripps Clinic locations. Scripps treats more cancer patients annually than any other provider in California for the following cancer types: breast, colon, bladder, lung (small-cell carcinoma), Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Scripps ranks in the top five statewide for the number of patients treated annually for cancers of the prostate, pancreas, kidney, lung (non-small cell carcinoma), thyroid and skin (melanoma).

Scripps Cancer Care physicians and staff work collaboratively toward cancer prevention, early detection, coordinated treatment and community support services. Scripps Cancer Care is actively involved in leading-edge clinical, translational and basic research. It is accredited as an integrated network program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, a distinction that demonstrates consistency in providing the highest quality of patient care.

Scripps offers advanced treatment technologies at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center and the San Diego Gamma Knife Center, and through its minimally invasive surgical program and CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery. Additional resources include specialized breast care centers and infusion clinics, nurse navigators, rehabilitation services, support groups and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

Learn more about Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated health system in San Diego, Calif.

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