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Fox Chase Cancer Center Among Nation's Best for Supporting Nurses

PHILADELPHIA (May 28, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center has received a 1999 Employer Recognition Award for demonstrating sustained support of oncology nursing certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), an affiliated organization of the Oncology Nursing Society, administers and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a national organization of more than 27,000 oncology nurses and other healthcare professionals committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. ONS is the largest professional membership oncology association in the world.

Fox Chase Cancer Center was one of only two hospitals in the nation to receive honorable mention from the ONCC for their support of oncology nursing certification. The Center employs approximately 250 nurses. The Department of Nursing provides support to benefit eligible nurses through financial reimbursement for certification and by providing review courses. Nurses who achieve certification are eligible for promotion on the Clinical Ladder. In addition, Fox Chase offers yearly scholarships to a select number of nurses for continuing medical education.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and community outreach programs.

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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