Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurses Receive Large Donation From Patient For Renovations
Flanagan, a colon cancer survivor, is pictured with (from left to right) Mary Panitch, RN; Stella Dix RN, Carolanne Wismer, RN and Rosemary Hollingsworth, RN, in late February.
Beth Ann Flanagan, of Medford, N.J., donated $23,500 to help fund the renovations of a semi-private space in the main chemotherapy room at Fox Chase Cancer Center. During her treatment at Fox Chase, Flanagan developed a special and lasting relationship with the nurses in the infusion room.
Flanagan, who was diagnosed at the age of 23, earmarked the monies for this project based on the nurses' input. Enhancements to this semi-private room were priority to the nurses, who anticipate the renovations will be complete by July of 2006.
The donation was made possible through "A Celebration of Life" event, hosted by her family and held in honor of Flanagan in late December.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of 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 also was among the first institutions to receive the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has achieved Magnet status for excellence three consecutive times. Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research and oversees programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE (1-888-369-2427).