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Fox Chase Cancer Center Names Pam Kedziera Clinical Director of the Pain and Palliative Care Program

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 8, 2007) -- Pam Kedziera, RN, MSN, ACON, has been named clinical director of the pain and palliative care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. In this new role, Kedziera will help lead the expansion of Fox Chase's pain management center into a broader focused program that addresses comfort and function throughout the disease process. Palliative care goes beyond symptom relief to embrace emotional, spiritual, and social needs of seriously ill patients. She will also continue to direct the pain management nurses and the registered dietician and will be administratively responsible for the pastoral care program and the chaplains that provide pastoral care services.

Kedziera has worked at Fox Chase since 1980. Prior to becoming clinical director, she was clinical manager/clinical nurse specialist for the pain management center, a role she held since 1987.

"Pam was selected for this promotion based upon her interest in palliative care, her desire to design patient services that promote quality of life for patients and families throughout the cancer care continuum and for her successful leadership abilities in building teams and coalitions to enhance patient care," said Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, CNA, vice president for nursing and patient services at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Kedziera earned her BSN from La Salle University and her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, holding leadership roles at the local and national level. Kedziera has also been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

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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