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Hambleton Appointed Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services

PHILADELPHIA (October 31, 2001) -- Joanne Hambleton, RN, MSN, CAN, has been appointed vice president of nursing and patient services at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Before this appointment, Hambleton served as director of nursing and patient services since 1997 and as assistant director of nursing since 1989.

Hambleton has provided exemplary leadership, evident in the successful effort to attain the American Nurses Association's Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award in 2000. The award distinguished Fox Chase as the first hospital in Pennsylvania, and the first comprehensive cancer center in the country to accomplish this goal.

"Joanne brings experience, leadership and expertise to an increasingly challenging position. There are so many skills required of nursing directors in today's world," said Young. "Joanne has mastered all of these while never losing her focus on providing excellent compassionate patient care."

Hambleton earned her BSN from Syracuse University and her MSN from Villanova University. Earlier this year, the Villanova College of Nursing awarded her its Leadership in Nursing Practice medallion.

This summer, Hambleton completed the prestigious "Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives," sponsored by Johnson and Johnson and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Hambleton is a member of many nursing organizations, an author of several nursing practice articles, a speaker at numerous conferences and meetings and an untiring advocate for care of the cancer patient.

"Joanne is an exceptional nurse leader and has established one of the strongest oncology nursing programs in the country," Young added. "Our patients confirm our strongly held belief that excellent nursing translates into outstanding patient care and satisfaction."

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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