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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 3, 2006) - Fox Chase Cancer Center nurses provided more than 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, has been a Fox Chase tradition dating back to 1977.

This year, staff nurses in four units transformed their halls into far-away and magical holiday scenes with themes such as the "Feliz Navidad, 3 South of the Border," "Through the Eyes of a Child," "Happy Feet in the ICY-U" and "Happy Feet." These transformations are intended to help hospital patients and visitors celebrate the holidays.

The Nursing Recognition Committee awards a pizza party to the first-place unit, selected by three impartial judges. The winner this year was 3 South with its version of "Feliz Navidad, 3 South of the Border," where sombrero-clad reindeer greeted visitors with festive music.

"We wanted to do something different this year to help make things festive. We really wanted to help the patients enjoy the holiday," said Jonathan Bidey, RN, who works on 3 South.

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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