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Tunnell Cancer Center Annual Report 2009-2010

Tunnell Cancer Center Annual Report 2009-2010

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Chairman's Message

By Brian Costleigh, M.D., Radiation Oncologist

Our mission at Tunnell Cancer Center is to provide hope and cure for our patients and their families and loved ones. We do not take this mission lightly. We continually strive for quality in the care and treatment that we bring to our patients. We continually stay up to date with the latest treatments available, as well as ongoing National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials. Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals at Beebe Medical Center and at Tunnell Cancer Center regularly meet to discuss newly diagnosed patients and how we can best develop individualized treatment plans to meet the needs of each one of them.

To keep up with the demands for cancer care from our growing communities, this past year we added two experienced medical oncologists and two nurses to our team. Three more of our nurses earned their oncology certifications, increasing the number of certified oncology nurses on our team to 15 and bolstering the level of expertise of our entire staff.

This past year we also expanded our educational outreach efforts with the goal of getting more people screened for breast, colon, prostate, and cervical cancers because we know that early detection translates into better outcomes. A highlight of this effort is the Sharing Our Stories, Saving Our Sisters (SOS2) program funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Philadelphia Affiliate. It focuses on providing free breast cancer screening and education to women in minority and underserved populations throughout Sussex County who might otherwise not receive the healthcare that they need. Our outreach team, with the help of volunteer lay screening navigators, has educated and screened women throughout the county at schools, churches, and community centers.

Our battle against cancer has brought us closer to our team members, to our patients, and to many of you in the community. Together we can make a difference as we work to accomplish our mission of providing hope and cure.

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Beebe Medical Center Cancer Committee Roster 2010

Isabel Benson, RN, OCN, NP Cheryl Hoechner, MS, BCOP Richard Palmer, M.D. Aasim Sehbai, M.D. Kathy Cook, RN Cheyenne Luzader Richard Paul, M.D. James Spellman, M.D. Brian Costleigh, M.D. Laura Martin Srihari Peri, M.D. Lynn Van Pelt, RN Peggy Diehl, RN Jerry McLamb, RN Judith Ramirez, EdD Kim Westcott, MS, RD Colleen Glasco, RN Janete Mills, M.D. Michael Ramjattansingh, M.D. Barbara White Rev. Keith Goheen Donna Miskin, RN, OCN Cherrie Rich, RN, Director Clare Wilson, RN Clara Higgins, M.D. Helen Moody, CTR Anis Saliba, M.D.