Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Fall 2006

Delivering the Latest Advances in Radiation Therapy
Message From the Administrator
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Survivors Day 2006
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Message From the Administrator

Greetings and welcome to the Fall 2006 edition of “Together We Can” the newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center. In this issue, we focus on the new technology available at the Cancer Center, technology that is essential in the ongoing fight against cancer.

Summer is usually a time for regrouping and planning at the Cancer Center. The staff has been working on a strategic plan to clarify our goals. This also helps us to integrate the many components of the Cancer Center, such as screening, prevention, treatment and supportive care, into the programs and events in the coming year. Perhaps most importantly, it allows us to reflect on what we have accomplished and to re-energize for new events in the upcoming year.

Our strategic plan for 2006-2007 focuses on four key areas:

  • Administrative – retaining and supporting our current staff
  • Community Outreach – establishing outreach in cancer prevention and early detection as a priority
  • Development – recognizing that fundraising and development are essential to continuing current supportive care services
  • Supportive Care – focusing on evaluation of current services, assessment of needs and creative strategies for reaching greater numbers of patients and families

Part of our strategic planning included a “mini-retreat” – time away from routine responsibilities to review goals, brainstorm and collaborate on new ideas. These sessions always result in good ideas for patients, families and the community.

A major focus for the Cancer Center during the upcoming fall and winter will be planning “Together We Can 2007,” the major fundraising event for the Cancer Center, which is held every other year. This event has always been a fall event, but this year we are moving to spring, with the fundraiser to be held on April 14, 2007 at the Ballroom at the Ben.

This event raises the funds necessary to offer our programs, support groups, individual counseling and educational programs at no charge to our patients and families. If you would like to be involved in this event or to support it in any way, contact me at the Cancer Center. We are looking forward to a fun and successful event in April 2007.


Mary Pat Lynch, CRNP, MSN, AOCN
Administrator, Joan Karnell Cancer Center


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