Message from the Medical Director

Message from the Medical Director

Trina Poretta DOIt is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this website and thank you for this opportunity to share with you the many exciting things that are happening with cancer services across Kennedy Health.

As you may know, on July 1st, 2016, Kennedy’s Cancer Center became a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. As a Network member, Kennedy has access to research studies, medical education, cancer screenings and administrative resources at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Our cancer patients, meanwhile, will have access to several programs unique to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, including Precision Medicine – an emerging treatment approach that, when appropriate, steers the patient to specific treatments based on state-of-the-art genetic analysis. Patients will also have access to Jefferson services such as Tele-Health and its Senior Adult Oncology Program. This, in turn, means local access to medical expertise, second opinions and advanced research for patients.


I am especially proud of Kennedy’s commitment to provide holistic support services through our Center for Hope & Healing. From support groups to yoga classes, meditation and visualization to cooking classes, and art discovery classes to programs specifically designed for cancer survivors, the Center promotes overall well-being for both patients and those who care for and about them.

It is my privilege to work with a group of dedicated colleagues who are members of our Kennedy Cancer Committee. Together we share the responsibility and accountability to provide the overall leadership in the delivery of quality cancer care at Kennedy Health. 

Our multidisciplinary approach includes:

  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Patient Navigation
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Pathology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Clinical Research
  • Psychosocial Counseling

I encourage you to visit the site often and find important updates regarding cancer service offerings, including community education and outreach activities, free cancer screenings and other important information for you and your family.


Sincerely yours,

Trina A. Poretta, DO
Medical Director, Cancer Program

Key Patient Contacts

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Appointment scheduling and treatment navigation.
Susan Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN 

Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C - Social Worker
Patient support and information.

Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinators
Lisa Mick, RN and Brenda Gorman

Cancer Center Accreditations

Commission on Cancer, ACR, NAPBC, Screening Center of Excellence

Upcoming Classes

Hope & Healing Stitchers - Knitting & Crocheting Club - Tuesdays 09-06-16 thru 12-13-16 - 01/04/2016
Join fellow community knitters and/or crocheters on an ongoing basis. Share and learn new skills, while working on community projects that will benefit Kennedy Cancer Center patients and their families. Please bring your own supplies and materials.



HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - Fridays 09-02-16 thru 12-16-16 - 09/02/2016
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.





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