Fox Chase Cancer Center Names Pam Kedziera Clinical Director of the Pain and Palliative Care Program
PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 8, 2007) -- Pam Kedziera, RN, MSN, ACON, has been named clinical director of the pain and palliative care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. In this new role, Kedziera will help lead the expansion of Fox Chase's pain management center into a broader focused program that addresses comfort and function throughout the disease process. Palliative care goes beyond symptom relief to embrace emotional, spiritual, and social needs of seriously ill patients. She will also continue to direct the pain management nurses and the registered dietician and will be administratively responsible for the pastoral care program and the chaplains that provide pastoral care services.
Kedziera has worked at Fox Chase since 1980. Prior to becoming clinical director, she was clinical manager/clinical nurse specialist for the pain management center, a role she held since 1987.
"Pam was selected for this promotion based upon her interest in palliative care, her desire to design patient services that promote quality of life for patients and families throughout the cancer care continuum and for her successful leadership abilities in building teams and coalitions to enhance patient care," said Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, CNA, vice president for nursing and patient services at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Kedziera earned her BSN from La Salle University and her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, holding leadership roles at the local and national level. Kedziera has also been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of 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 also was among the first institutions to receive the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has achieved Magnet status for excellence three consecutive times. Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research and oversees programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE (1-888-369-2427).