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Saint Clare’s Health System Offers Dial-Up Seminar on the Effects of Drug Shortages on Cancer Patients


December 20, 2011

Saint Clare’s Health System Offers Dial-Up Seminar on the Effects of Drug Shortages on Cancer Patients

Community members can learn about the drug shortages affecting more than half a million cancer patients in the U.S. at 1 p.m. on January 18, 2012. To register for the free one-hour educational event, call 800-278-7837.

The Effects of Drug Shortages on Cancer Patients is part of the Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer dial-up seminar series. Participants listen via phone, view presentations online and ask questions of presenting experts.

The January seminar will cover:

  • The issues causing an increasing number of drug shortages in the U.S.
  • The effects of shortages on cancer treatment and clinical research
  • Information about drugs in short supply
  • What’s being done to alleviate this problem nationally
  • How the Catholic Health Initiatives health system is minimizing disruptions to cancer patients

Presenter Deborah Hood is the national oncology service line director for Catholic Health Initiatives. In addition to a career spanning more than 30 years in health care, she is the board chair for the Colorado Cancer Research Program. Hood received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master's degree from the University of Colorado.

“Drug shortages are a major concern for cancer patients across the nation,” said Deirdre Cahill, Saint Clare’s Health System executive director, oncology and radiology. “This seminar will provide a great overview of the drug supply issue and inform participants about action being taken nationally and within our health system to minimize the impact on patients.”

The Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer dial-up seminar series is presented by Saint Clare’s Health System. This education series is offered in collaboration with other Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals. A goal of the series is to make education and information more readily available to a greater number of cancer patients in our community. To register for the free one-hour educational event, call 800-278-7837.

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.  For more information about Saint Clare’s Health System, please visit www.saintclares.org. Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

 
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