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Fox Chase Cancer Center Celebrates Nursing During Fundraising Gala; Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Perform Tribute Concert

PHILADELPHIA (June 13, 2001) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center pays tribute to its nationally recognized nurses during a fundraising gala on Friday, July 13 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing beginning at 7:00 p.m. The world-renowned Peter Nero and The Philly Pops will perform a special tribute to honor the outstanding Fox Chase nurses. The event is the Christening Preview party for the arrival of Jan's House of Hope.

With this event, Fox Chase recognizes its nursing staff which recently received the highest honor in nursing- the American Nurses Association Magnet Status for Outstanding Nursing Care. Fox Chase is the nation's first cancer specialty hospital and the first hospital in Pennsylvania to receive this award demonstrating the Fox Chase nurses' outstanding dedication and commitment to their patients and their profession.

The Magnet Program recognizes excellence in: the management philosophy and practices of nursing services; adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care; leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel; and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others, as well as to the care providers in the hospital.

The gala begins with a cocktail reception party at 7:00 p.m. at the International Sculpture Gardens, on Penn's Landing just south of the Hyatt Regency. The celebration continues at 8:30 p.m. on the "Fox Chase Cancer Center's Magnet Cruise Liner," a Christening Preview party for Jan's House of Hope indoors at the Hyatt Regency.

Jan's House of Hope is a 3,100 square foot dream home perched on an ocean barge which will dock at Penn's Landing and opens for public tours July 13-15. This state-of-the-art home is the centerpiece of a cancer awareness voyage along the Northeast coast. A quarter of a million people are expected to tour this two-story home.

Jan's House of Hope was inspired by Jan Rouleau after she died of lung cancer. It is dedicated to all who are fighting cancer or have fought cancer. This huge two-story home is journeying from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Norfolk, Virginia between June 1 and July 29, making four stops along the way.

Jan's House of Hope is beautifully decorated with a fully landscaped yard. It opens for tours after docking on the Philadelphia waterfront at Penn's Landing Friday, July 13th. Tours run Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $8(half price if a new hat or scarf is donated). The proceeds from the Philadelphia visit benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center.

For more information about tickets to any Jan's House of Hope event, please call Fox Chase Cancer Center at 215-728-3163.

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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