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Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurses Fill the Halls with Holiday Cheer; Annual Deck the Halls Contest Brightens Hearts of Patients, Families and Fellow Nurses

PHILADELPHIA (January 9, 2006) - Fox Chase Cancer Center nurses provided more than the normal merry faces and colorful scrubs this holiday season, they joined together and participated in the annual "Deck The Halls" competition. "Deck The Halls", a contest meant to uplift the spirits of patients, their families and fellow nurses, is a Fox Chase tradition where nurses decorate their units based on a holiday theme.

This year, staff nurses in five units transformed their halls into far-away and magical holiday scenes with themes such as the "Polar Express," "Sounds of the Season," "The Gingerbread House and Company," "Philadelphia Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays." These transformations are intended to help encourage hospital visitors to celebrate the holidays regardless of where they are at the time.

The Nursing Recognition Committee awards the top unit, selected by three impartial judges, with a pizza party. The first place winner this year was the Infusion Room/Clinic Area B/Pharmacy with their version of the "Polar Express," where they greeted visitors with festive music and their very own conductor.

"Fox Chase Cancer Center outpatients shared in the holiday spirit and enjoyment of decorating the entire outpatient department. Patients inquired frequently about our unit's daily progress in the project and were overjoyed in learning that we placed 1st in the "Deck The Halls" contest," stated Stella Dix, RN, who works in the Infusion Room.

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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