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Benefits Specialist Della Penna Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center Board of Directors

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 2008)—Fox Chase Cancer Center's board of directors recently elected Louis E. Della Penna, CFP, of New Hope, Pa., to a three-year term on the board. Della Penna will serve on the institutional advancement committee and the building and grounds committee-assignments where he will have a key role in shaping fundraising strategies and helping guide Fox Chase expansion plans.

Della Penna is founder and chairman of LDP Consulting Group, Inc., a New Jersey-based employee-benefits consulting company. Since 1972, LDP Consulting has worked with boards of education, municipalities, small businesses and corporations to help them provide their employees with the best possible benefits at the lowest possible cost.

In 2005, Della Penna and his wife, Carol, presented two major gifts to Fox Chase: the $1 million Carol and Louis E. Della Penna Endowed Fund in Urologic Cancer Research and the $500,000 John A. Ridge, MD, PhD, Endowed Surgical Oncology Fellowship. The endowments benefit both clinical and laboratory research at Fox Chase.

The initial motivation for the gifts arose from Della Penna's firsthand experience as a Fox Chase patient and cancer survivor, but he noted that "from a humanitarian standpoint, it's so important to support cancer research. Sooner or later, everyone will be touched by this disease in some way.

"My wife and I are very enthusiastic about the work Fox Chase is doing," he said. "The Greater Philadelphia area is very fortunate to have a cancer facility of the quality of Fox Chase Cancer Center. It's in everyone's best interest to support it."

In addition, Della Penna has served on the executive committee for Fox Chase Cancer Center's ongoing capital campaign for the past three years. He is also a trustee for the James A. Michener Art Museum, a trustee and past chair for New Jersey's Monmouth-Ocean Foundation for Educational Enhancement and a member and former vice chair of the advisory board for the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia.

Della Penna is a speaker on topics related to health-care cost containment, managed-care alternatives and the negotiation of health-care benefits.

Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as the nation's first cancer hospital.

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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