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Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurses Receive Top National Honors

PHILADELPHIA (September 18, 2000) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center has become the first hospital in Pennsylvania and the first cancer specialty hospital in the nation to receive the American Nurses Association's (ANA) highest level of recognition for outstanding nursing. The Center will honor its nurses at a special tea on Wednesday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Fox Chase cafeteria.

The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award, bestowed by the ANA, nationally recognizes excellence in: the management philosophy and practices of nursing services; patient care; leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing staff; and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients, their families, and healthcare providers.

Linda D. Urden, DNSc, RN, CAN, Chair of the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, will present the award to Fox Chase. Other speakers include Robert C. Young, president of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, CAN, Director of Nursing and Patient Services at Fox Chase.

The Magnet recognition status is valid for a four-year period, after which Fox Chase must reapply.

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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