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Fox Chase Cancer Center Selected as a "Great Place to Work;" Philadelphia Magazine Picks 10 Area Businesses as Tops

PHILADELPHIA (August 29, 2002) -- Philadelphia Magazine highlights Fox Chase Cancer Center as one of 10 "great places to work" in the region. Fox Chase and nine other Philadelphia area businesses made the cut for the article, which appears in the magazine's September issue now on newsstands.

In the article, writers Roxanne Patel and Richard Rys describe the selected great places to work by stating "...what all of these companies have in common are dedicated workforces that can't say enough good things about their employers."

Fox Chase Cancer Center is pegged as the hospital "where nurses are clamoring to work," referring to Fox Chase's low turnover rate among its RNs, despite a critical nationwide shortage. Fox Chase became Pennsylvania's first hospital to be awarded the American Nurses Association's Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award, which attracts nurses who are seeking employment at facilities with the best work environment.

Also in the article, Louis Weiner, M.D., vice-president of translational science and chairman of medical oncology at Fox Chase, summed up the work environment at the cancer center saying, "It's a mission-focused place. We have a common enemy and it's not each other."

Other perks highlighted in the article include Fox Chase's "top-notch" day-care program, tuition reimbursement of up to $4,000 a year for employees and college scholarships for employees' children that can reach $6,500 per year. The article concludes: "Not to shabby for an indie (independent) hospital without the backing of big university bucks."

Accompanying Fox Chase on the top 10 list are: Commerce Bank, SAP America, Inc., SEI Investments, WaWa, Arcadia University, WebLinc, Quirk Books, The Reinvestment Fund, Byrnes & Merz Advertising.

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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