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Fox Chase Cancer Center Hosts Visiting Nurses from United Kingdom

PHILADELPHIA (March 6, 2001) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center, the only cancer center in the nation to receive the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award for outstanding nursing, will host nurse leaders from the United Kingdom whose mission is to learn more about the Magnet program. The nurses will arrive at Fox Chase Cancer Center on Friday, March 16.

During the daylong visit, the nurse leaders will learn about Fox Chase Cancer Center's nursing research program, Shared Governance, continuing nursing education, and its advance practice nursing program. Finally, the group will review the process involved with applying to receive the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award.

"We're pleased to host our visitors from the U.K. and we're glad they're interested in learning more about the Magnet program," said Joanne Hambleton, R.N., director of nursing services at Fox Chase. "We believe in the individual and group excellence of our nursing staff and we're pleased to share our accomplishments. The overall goal of the Magnet program is to identify excellence in nursing. Exporting our knowledge is just one more way we can help care for people on a global level."

Fox Chase is the first hospital in Pennsylvania and the first cancer specialty hospital in the nation to receive the recognition. The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award nationally recognizes excellence in: the management philosophy and practices of nursing services; patient care; leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing staff; and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients, their families, and healthcare providers.

The nurses are from London, Durham, Sheffield, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham England.

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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