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Patient and Family Advisors
- Harvey Hellerstein
- Judy Hurowitz
- Pamela Jakubek
- Bob Beck
- Marcin Chwistek
- Helen Gordon
- Delinda Pendleton
- Maddy Weber
Kimberly Hagerich, Co-Chair
David Cohen, Co-Chair
My wife was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer in April 2009. Like it does for most people, the diagnosis came out of the blue. Right away we were brought to Fox Chase Cancer Center. We were given nothing but hope from the doctors and nurses here. They were extremely compassionate. The staff was there for my wife whenever she needed that extra care, whether it was in the middle of the night, on weekends, or at the times when she was admitted to the hospital. As her cancer progressed, we researched many other options and facilities. Everything came back to Fox Chase.
My wife saw me serve on the Patient-Family Advisory Council for a few months before she passed away in February of 2011. She was glad for the work this group does. I continue my work in PFAC in her memory and help where I can with the knowledge I now have from my experiences with cancer and at Fox Chase.
Beth Chernoff, Council Secretary
I joined the Patient Family Advisory Council in December 2012, a time of transition as Fox Chase became part of Temple University Health System. For years I had screening mammograms performed at Fox Chase prior to a cancer diagnosis, and when early-stage breast cancer was discovered in 2010, there was never any question where I would seek treatment. Every single doctor on my team is a Philadelphia TopDoc!More
At the age of 41, with no family history, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I soon went through a common experience of having to "break off with" my community hospital after treatment errors to get to Fox Chase.
My skilled treatment and "compassionate care" by the scientific and people experts at Fox Chase enriched my appreciation of life and added a valuable "customer focus" to my Pharmaceutical consulting and my teaching in the Pharmaceutical Business MBA program at Univ. of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
I live in Yardley, PA with my wife Eileen. We first came to Fox Chase when she was diagnosed with breast cancer over 10 years ago. Her treatment here was expert, compassionate, and successful.
At that time I was employed, as I had been for the majority of my career, by the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, as an Assistant Chief Investigator. When I retired, I was the Chief Investigator in the Mercer Trial Regional Office. I thereafter took employment as an Advocate for New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, a disability rights organization.
When I retired again, I applied to Fox Chase for a volunteer opportunity, because Eileen and I had been so impressed with the hospital and her treatment, including her follow-up care. I have served on the Patient Safety Committee and more recently on the Patient-Family Advisory Council. I also have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and am under the care of Fox Chase.
My first contact with FCCC was in March of 2013, when I sought a second opinion for treatment for Stage Three Medullary Breast Cancer. I was immediately impressed with the professional manner and kindness I received from the Nurse Navigator, as well as all those involved in properly diagnosing me. As a licensed clinical social worker I have learned to be adept at both gathering information and advocating for the rights of my clients. Now was my turn to use these skills in helping myself. Fox Chase is renowned nationally and internationally. All three of my doctors, from Oncology to Surgery to Radiation , were placed in 2013 Top Doctors in the United States. Not only were my doctors the best in the country, but they were kind and focused on me as an individual patient. I elected to stay at Fox Chase and underwent 4 months of chemo, lumpectomy surgery and six weeks follow up radiation. Across the board, Fox Chase employees were compassionate and well-informed. They went out of their way to comfort and care for me, from the front desk in the breast cancer department, to the security guard at the parking garage entrance, to the chemo and radiation techs and nurses, to the man who pushed my wheelchair after surgery. Each contact I had in every department was positive and helpful because of the overall quality of the individual involved. Fox Chase employees listen, truly listen, to what patients feel and say! I have never encountered an organization that had such consistently high ethics and performance – across the board! This treatment was extended to my family and friends as well, who mirrored back how impressed they were.More
I came to Fox Chase Cancer as a patient in 1997 diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. My immune system was compromised from not only a previous cancer, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, but from a Bone marrow/Stem Cell Transplant for that cancer just three years prior. I was looking for not only excellent medical care, but compassion along with it. I had missed that part of the equation in my previous diagnosis.
The moment I entered Fox Chase Cancer Center and met with an entire medical team to start me on my way to recovery and remission, I had the feeling of security overwhelm my body. Everyone exhibits warmth, caring, and compassion that is just outstanding. Their commitment to your well-being shines through like a beacon of light.
As devastating as it was when my husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2005, we were blessed to have found Fox Chase Cancer Center.
As I continue to care for my husband, who is still a patient at Fox Chase, I enjoy working on the Patient-Family Advisory Council. Although there is no way I could ever repay the staff at Fox Chase for giving me my husband back, I will do my very best to represent patients and their families who have been stricken with this challenging disease.More