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Fox Chase Cancer Center Honors Nurses

PHILADELPHIA (May 10, 2000) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center pays tribute to its 240 outstanding nurses at a special ceremony, Wednesday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m. in the Center's auditorium.

During May, 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. At Fox Chase, an annual celebration recognizes the outstanding contributions of the nursing staff. From bedside nursing at Fox Chase Cancer Center, to outpatient care, the tireless efforts of nurses comfort patients during their illness.

"Nurses focus on the important details of patient care that are sometimes overlooked by other caregivers," 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. A nurse's 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, "Nursing... Making Miracles Happen through Hope, Compassion and Discovery," the Talbot Nursing Scholarship and the 18th 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, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

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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