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Fox Chase Cancer Center Appoints Susan Politsky, RN, MSN as Nurse Manager

PHILADELPHIA (November 26, 2001) -- Susan M. Politsky, RN, MSN, of the Torresdale section of Philadelphia, has been appointed clinical nurse manager of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the post-operative surgical unit at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She recently came to Fox Chase Cancer Center from Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey.

"Susan will be providing leadership for all staff members and fostering a work environment that is conducive to learning and excellence in nursing," says Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, CNA, vice president of nursing at Fox Chase Cancer Center. "Susan's extensive experience and skill in the medical and surgical nursing field will be an added value to our talented staff," she added.

The ICU at Fox Chase Cancer Center is an eight-bed unit equipped with state-of -the-art technology and 3 South is a 16-bed post surgical unit specializing in the care of patients who have undergone thoracic or head and neck surgery.

"In addition to ensuring that patients get the highest level of care, I also will be a strong advocate for the nursing staff," says Politsky. "I want to sustain the solid working relationship among the staff nurses and to look for recruitment opportunities as the need arises," she said.

Politsky began her nursing career at Frankford Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia working in the Intensive Care Unit. She later moved to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey where she was clinical nurse educator of medical and surgical services and later was promoted to nurse manager. As nurse manager she was responsible for the operation of two 39-bed medical and surgical inpatient units.

Earning a bachelor's degree in nursing from Holy Family College in Philadelphia in 1991, Politsky later achieved her master's degree in Adult Nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Currently, she is pursuing a second master's degree in Business Administration at LaSalle University, in Philadelphia.

Politsky, a Philadelphia native, is a member of several professional organizations such as the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the honor society Sigma Theta Tau - Delta Tau. She holds numerous nursing certifications among them, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor and has given many formal presentations on stroke management and published numerous articles regarding improved quality of life and care for patients in the intensive care setting.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is the first in Pennsylvania and the first comprehensive cancer center in the country to receive the "Magnet" nursing services recognition award. Magnet institutions are recognized nationally for their commitment to quality nursing care. The Magnet Nursing Recognition Program was established in 1993. Institutions applying for Magnet status must pass a rigorous review, designed to demonstrate superior nursing and excellence in patient care. Magnet status is valid for four years, after which the recipient 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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