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Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes New Director of Volunteer Services

PHILADELPHIA (January 5, 2004) -- Christine A. McDonnell, has been named the new director of volunteer services at Fox Chase Cancer Center. McDonnell brings years of professional and volunteer experience to the Fox Chase family.

McDonnell will be responsible for the recruitment, training and placement of volunteers throughout different locations in the center including the gift shop, palliative care and administrative offices and assists with volunteer staffing for special events. She also will be working closely with the Fox Chase volunteer Board of Associates.

On an average, there are 140 volunteers working in the center. However, during the summer months, the number increases with the addition of school students who volunteer during the summer break.

"I consider this position a gift," explained McDonnell. "I am in awe to think of all the remarkable research, education, teamwork and caring that takes place here. I know I could not have asked for a better place to be!"

McDonnell knew mostly of Fox Chase through the experiences of her family and friends. "This is a truly an amazing place," added McDonnell.

Before joining the Fox Chase staff, McDonnell worked for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald house. Much like the current position at Fox Chase, she served as the director of volunteer services and was responsible for managing, scheduling, orienting and training a group of 300 volunteers, who provided service to the families and guests living in the house 365 days a year. In addition, she was responsible for the extra 500 volunteers needed for corporate and special events. She also acted as a liaison between the board of directors, staff, and general public and was in charge of planning and conducting recruitment programs to stimulate interest in the volunteer program.

"My four years there were grand and glorious and I am thankful for the relationships I was able to make," said McDonnell.

McDonnell's other professional experience includes director of volunteer services at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pa., and director of the Alumni Association at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa.

As a volunteer herself, McDonnell has held numerous positions with the Palmyra public schools including group coordinator for the Charles Street School, program coordinator for the Art goes to school program and committee member on the superintendent's advisory committees. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Burlington County.

McDonnell received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Holy Family University.

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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