PHILADELPHIA - In conjunction with its 40th Biennial Convention in late October, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) will present its prestigious 2009 Computer-Based Public Education Technology Award to Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN.

Vachani is being honored for her leading role in the creation of OncoLink’s Cancer Survivorship Care Plan. This free service allows cancer survivors, their families and health care providers to create an individualized plan of care including information on potential aftereffects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, fertility guidance and recommended screening guidelines.

The award recognizes individuals or groups who have promoted innovative and creative approaches of knowledge building, synthesis, utilization and dissemination through advanced technology to further the nursing profession and the health of the public in either practice or education.

“It is an honor to have a project that I have worked so hard on, recognized by my colleagues as an important contribution to the education of cancer survivors,” Vachani says. “In addition, this project is for and about improving the lives of cancer survivors, and will be a powerful vehicle to bring much needed survivorship information to the nursing community in all specialties that provide care to these survivors.”

Vachani received her undergraduate degree from West Chester University and her Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has worked in the areas of medical hematology and oncology, bone marrow transplant, clinical research, radiation therapy and staff development.  In her current role, she serves as the nurse educator for OncoLink, the Abramson Cancer Center’s award-winning cancer information website, which receives an average 3.9 million page views a month.  She serves as the project leader in the development and maintenance of the LIVESTRONG Care Plan, a partnership which was launched in the spring of 2009 to bring the OncoLife survivorship care plan to more cancer patients around the world.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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