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Fox Chase Cancer Center Honors Nurses During National Nurses Week

PHILADELPHIA (April 28, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center will honor its 240 nurses at a special ceremony, Wednesday, May 5th at 1pm in the Center's auditorium. The recognition is just one activity planned during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

During National Nurses Week, the work of America's 2.6 million registered nurses is praised by doctors, patients and other staff at hospitals and care facilities across America. From bedside nursing at Fox Chase Cancer Center, to hospice care, the tireless efforts of nurses comfort patients during their sometimes difficult illness.

"Nurses focus on the important details of a patient's needs," explains Joanne M. Hambleton, RN, MSN, CNA, Director of Nursing and Patient Services at Fox Chase. "Those details aren't always the medications and other routine tasks when treating an illness. Their focus is on the comfort of each patient and their personal needs. An otherwise difficult experience is tremendously improved by the special care and compassion a nurse gives."

During the ceremony "Reflecting on Our History...A Glimpse into Our Future," the Talbot Nursing Scholarship and the 17th Annual Nursing Recognition Award will be given. Criteria for each honor include individual dedication, performance beyond expectation, and leadership by example.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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