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Ferguson Elected to Fox Chase Cancer Center Board

PHILADELPHIA (July 3, 2001) -- Valerie C. Ferguson of Society Hill Philadelphia, regional vice president and managing director of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, has been elected to the board of directors of Fox Chase Cancer Center. She will serve on the board's institutional advancement committee.

Named one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Travel" by Travel Agent Magazine in 2000 and 1999, Ferguson came to Philadelphia in May 1998 when she joined Loews. Since 1995, she had served as general manager of the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, where she began her career in the hotel industry as a clerk at the Hyatt Regency in 1975. Over the next 20 years she held various management positions with the Hyatt in Atlanta, Chicago and Flint, Mich.

Although relatively new to Philadelphia, she has become very active in the community. She serves on the board of directors of Communities in Schools, Historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Council, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, the Urban League of Philadelphia and Widener University School of Hospitality.

"Fox Chase is one of the nation's leading comprehensive cancer centers and an important resource for Philadelphians," Ferguson said. "I was particularly interested in serving on the Center's board because cancer is a major problem among African Americans and I want to contribute to Fox Chase efforts in preventing this disease, detecting it earlier and improving treatment for cancer patients."

Ferguson is also a member of the Links organization and the advisory board of the IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Neuchatel, Switzerland. She is immediate past chairman of the American Hotel and Motel Association and serves on its board of directors.

Among her various honors over the years, Ferguson received the 1998 Drum Major for Justice Award on behalf of Coretta Scott King and the women of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Georgia Hospital and Travel Association named her 1997 Lodging Leader of the Year. In 1994 she received the Turner Broadcasting Trumpet award honoring African American achievement and was named one of Atlanta's "Top Black Women of Influence."

She was also chosen 1993 Woman of the Year by the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality. She received the 1991 Atlanta Business League Pioneer Award and was among Ebony Magazine's "Top 100 Women in Corporate America" in 1990.

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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