Shore Memorial Cancer Center Honored for Excellence in Patient Comfort

December 10, 2009

The Shore Memorial Hospital Cancer Center was awarded the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Zachary P. Morfogen Prize honoring excellence in patient comfort in a non-hospice healthcare facility in a ceremony on Wednesday, December 9 at the Cancer Center.

The award is named in honor of Zachary P. Morfogen, an arts executive who founded New Jersey’s first hospice in the late 1970s. Morfogen was also the first chairman of both the National Hospice Organization and the National Hospice Foundation.

Don Pendley, president of the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, presented the award to Shore Memorial during a ceremony attended by the Cancer Center staff and members of Shore Memorial’s hospital administration.

Since it opened in 2004, the calling card of the Shore Memorial Hospital Cancer Center has been its attention to patient care beyond just diagnosis and treatment.

In his remarks, Pendley commended the Cancer Center’s use of soothing color schemes and calming artwork in its design, as well as the private parking facility and the staff providing patients with lavender pashminas for warmth during treatment and a stemmed rose at the completion of their last treatment.

Other little extras available to Cancer Center patients include better-fitting treatment gowns, a patient library and the Live, Laugh, Love boutique, which provides wigs, hats and scarves to patients.

“When people come in for any kind of treatment they expect that the doctors, the nurses and the therapists are all trained,” says Anne Marie Taggart, manager of the Cancer Center program. “It’s these little things that make the difference, things they weren’t expecting that make them a person, rather than a patient.”

Pictured above: Donald Pendley, president of the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (center) presents the Zachary P. Morfogen Prize to (L to R) Shore Memorial Cancer Program Medical Director Dr. Robert Beach, Cancer Program Administrator Donna Cericola, Medical Director of Palliative Care Dr. E. Charles Dunn and Cancer Center Program Manager Anne Marie Taggart at the Shore Memorial Hospital Cancer Center on December 9.