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Twice as Nice: Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurses Receives Magnet Re-Designation

PHILADELPHIA (November 29, 2004) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center, the first specialty hospital in the nation and Pennsylvania's first hospital to receive the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing, has done it again! Fox Chase employees gathered on Tuesday, November 16 to celebrate Fox Chase's continued commitment to nursing services, clinical outcomes and overall patient care.

"In the Pain Management Center and Palliative Care Service, two programs in which I provide clinical care and direction, the nurses are not just the 'magnets' but the girders upon which we build our interdisciplinary care plans, " said Michael Levy, MD PhD, vice chairman of medical oncology. "In these programs, it is the nurses that directly give the care that is aimed at reducing the burden of cancer."

"Studies shows that Magnet facilities have positive outcomes for patients, nurses and the workplace," said Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, CNA, vice president of nursing and patient services, quoting published research on Magnet hospitals versus non-Magnet hospitals. "Furthermore, patients experience lower mortality rates, greater satisfaction during their stay and are able to go home sooner. This is, and always has been, our commitment to our patients."

According to Anne Jadwin, RN, MSN, CNA, AOCN, director of nursing, earning Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and source of pride for the Fox Chase nurses. "Receiving Magnet recognition for another four years highlights the commitment of our staff to continually meet the needs of our patients, physically and emotionally, in the best way possible."

"While the Magnet Award represents nursing excellence, our department could not have achieved such goals without the support of dedicated and talented staff members throughout our organization," concluded Hambleton.

Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as the nation's first cancer hospital. In 1974, Fox Chase became one of the first institutions designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Fox Chase conducts basic, clinical, population and translational 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

For additional assistance, please call 1-888-FOX CHASE (1-888-369-2427).

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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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