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Joanne Gurney Named Administrative Director Perioperative Services at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 20, 2006) - Joanne Gurney, MSN, RN, has been named administrative director of perioperative services at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Gurney will provide leadership for the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, same-day surgery, pre-admission testing and central processing.

Before joining Fox Chase, Gurney worked at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Malvern, Pa., as administrative director of nursing. She was responsible for implementing and coordinating nursing and clinical ancillary services. She was also a member of senior leadership, patient safety, Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Periodic Performance Review committees and quality council.

Prior to working at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Gurney worked as clinical director of nursing at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., where she managed nursing care in the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, same-day surgery, pre-admission testing, endoscopy, IV team, acute rehabilitation and maternal and child health. She was also liaison for the Temple bone marrow unit at Jeanes.

Gurney received her BSN and MSN with academic achievement from Villanova University.

A member of the Villanova University Nursing Alumni Society, Gurney was awarded the medallion for distinguished service to the College of Nursing in 1998. She is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nursing Leaders.

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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