Fox Chase President Chairs Federal Committee
President and chief executive officer Michael V. Seiden was named chairman of the integration panel of the Department of Defense’s Ovarian Cancer Research Program, a position responsible for helping to direct funding from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, in May.
The panel oversees the peer review of grant proposals and recommends overall strategies and resource allocations for the program, which is known for funding innovative research. Members are selected based on expertise and interest. Seiden will serve for fiscal year 2011.
The Department of Defense is a major source of funding for biomedical research.
Veteran Nurse Receives National Award for Patient Education
The Oncology Nursing Society selected Kathy Smith, clinical coordinator of the infusion room, to receive the Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award, which she accepted at the society’s 35th annual congress in San Diego in May.
Smith was honored for her work in educating patients about undergoing chemotherapy. She co-developed and teaches a class on the topic at Fox Chase and developed a video for those unable to attend.
“Patients tended to be anxious when they came to the infusion room for their first treatment because they didn’t know what to expect,” Smith says. “We wanted to create an environment where patients and their loved ones could get information about managing the physical and emotional effects of chemotherapy. Our goal is to prepare them by letting them know what to expect and helping them develop a support system.”
A 34-year veteran of nursing, Smith is in her 20th year with the Center.
Forward magazine recently earned several awards in national and international communications contests:
- Silver award of distinction—Communicator Awards, judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts
- Silver award, best overall medical publication—Magnum Opus Awards, sponsored by ContentWise in conjunction with the Missouri School of Journalism
- Award of excellence, best new magazine/journal—APEX contest, sponsored by Communication Concepts
In addition, Connect, the Center’s employee magazine, received the grand award for best internal magazine in the Magnum Opus contest, and “Wag,” the video that launched the “Love Versus Cancer” initiative, earned a silver in the Communicator Awards program.