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Fox Chase Cancer Center Receives Grant for Nursing Program From The Verizon Foundation

PHILADELPHIA (March 14, 2001) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support its nursing education program. This grant will aid the center in providing nursing scholarships and continuing education.

The Verizon Foundation grant supports continuing education and training by enabling nurses to attend programs like the annual Oncology Nursing Society, a professional conference where nurses learn about new technologies, new care techniques, and present clinical research as well as programs that address contemporary issues in nursing.

Verizon representatives visited the Center to present their gift to nurses from Fox Chase's Nursing Education Council. Chairperson Janet Kollman and co-chair Diane Tunney thanked Lynn Sheppard and John Grube from the Verizon Foundation for their generous efforts.

"This grant demonstrates the Verizon Foundation's commitment to the health of the community it serves," said Joann Hambleton, R.N., director of nursing at Fox Chase. "In keeping education a priority for our staff, Fox Chase Cancer Center will use this money to sustain its high standard of nursing by contributing to their professional development."

"The Verizon Foundation is proud to award this grant to Fox Chase Cancer Center and recognizes its excellence as the first cancer hospital in the country to receive the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award, the highest honor from the American Nurses Association," said Lynn Sheppard, director of external affairs, Verizon - Pennsylvania.

The Verizon Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic development in the communities served by Verizon. For more information, visit on the Internet.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

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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