It 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 the Kennedy Health System.
As you are hopefully aware, in June 2009, Kennedy formally announced its relationship with the Penn Cancer Network and is proud to be the only health system in Burlington Camden and Gloucester counties to hold this distinction. Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center is one of a select few cancer centers in the country to be an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As a practicing medical oncologist, I’ve come to realize that two of the greatest challenges for patients and families facing a diagnosis of cancer is selecting the physician and health care provider and getting prompt access to the specialists and tests needed to confirm the diagnosis and initiate treatment. In forming this relationship with Penn, our goal was to help alleviate these concerns and challenges for those who entrust their care to us. While the majority of cancer care can be provided appropriately and effectively at Kennedy, if more advanced care is needed, Penn specialists work cooperatively with Kennedy physicians, maintaining communications and collaboration throughout the patient’s care. This affiliation creates a bridge between the two health systems to provide the best possible care for our patients!
I am especially proud of Kennedy’s commitment to provide holistic support services through our Center for Hope and 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 KHS Cancer Committee. Together we share the responsibility and accountability to provide the overall leadership in the delivery of quality cancer care across the Kennedy Health System.
Our multidisciplinary approach includes:
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.
Trina A. Poretta, DO
Medical Director, Cancer Program
Louise M. Baca RN MSN - Cancer Center Administrator
Eric Gonzalez, RN, OCN - Nurse Navigator
Appointment scheduling and treatment navigation.
Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C - Social Worker
Patient support and information.
HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - 03/10/2014
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.
Well-Being Yoga - Afternoon - 03/11/2014
Yoga, which increases flexibility, range of motion and strength, may bring additional benefits both during and after cancer treatments. When tension is released, energy flows more easily in the body, allowing participants to experience a sense of well-being.