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Fox Chase Cancer Center Doctors and Nurses Meet With Embassy Officials of Several Countries

PHILADELPHIA (February 25, 1999) -- Doctors and nurses from Fox Chase Cancer Center met with representatives from several countries at a reception in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night, to talk about the superior cancer care available at the Center. The reception was hosted by Philadelphia International Medicine (P.I.M.), a consortium of institutions established to answer the growing international demand for excellent medical care in the United States. Fox Chase is one of 10 premier institutions that make up P.I.M.

Paul F. Engstrom, M.D. and Tahseen Al-Saleem, M.D. represented Fox Chase at the reception held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. There, they met one on one with embassy officials from United Arab Emirates, Lithuania, Latvia and Lebanon. U.S. Representative Curt Weldon and Phillip Singerman, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, also attended.

Many of the embassy officials who met with the doctors are key decision-makers for patients seeking health care outside their countries. P.I.M. expects to establish the Greater Philadelphia area as a predominant destination for international patients.

"Fox Chase Cancer Center offers the best cancer care in the Philadelphia region and tops the list for cancer care in the world," said Dr. Engstrom, senior vice president for population science at Fox Chase. "We know why patients from around the world want to be treated here. Without a doubt, Fox Chase leads the nation in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment through cutting-edge technology and research."

"Through Philadelphia International Medicine, we'll be able to extend our expertise to the world," said Dr. Al-Saleem, a hematopathologist at Fox Chase. "International patients look to the U.S. when they want the best in cancer care and they know that Fox Chase can provide it. Now, P.I.M. will make their pursuit of the best much easier."

The other member institutions of P.I.M. are Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Christiana Care, Crozer-Keystone Health System, Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Wills Eye Hospital.

P.I.M. is more than a health-care initiative. It is an economic development model for the future that will benefit the entire community now. At projected future patient volume of about 6,000 annually, P.I.M. estimates that international patients can generate more than $200 million in regional economic activity. Additionally, P.I.M.'s commitment to partner with the business community, and state and local government will expand the region's role and presence in international trade.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research including prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

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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