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Princess joins cancer confab.

COLUMN: MEDICAL MEMOS

Milford Regional Medical Center and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center recently hosted a visit from Princess Dina Mired of Jordan in her role as director-general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and honorary co-president of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control. Princess Dina was joined by Dr. Mahmoud Sarhan, CEO of King Hussein Cancer Center; Dr. Felicia Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative; Zaid Bitar, head of international development at KHCF and members of the HGEI staff. The visit included a tour of the Cancer Center at Milford Regional as well as a series of presentations and discussions among the GTF.CCC team, Francis M. Saba, CEO of Milford Regional, and representatives of Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.

Dr. Michael Blute, director of the Cancer Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care, professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and interim director of the urology division in the Department of Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, recently received the 2010 Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Urological Association in San Francisco.

Dr. Blute received the award for his contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of urologic malignancies. Over the course of his career, Blute has been a key contributor at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, including roles as co-investigator on research grants in clinical oncology, genetic susceptibility in cancer, and chemoprevention. He specializes in radical prostate surgery and urinary tract reconstruction after bladder cancer surgery, and he developed novel surgical techniques for large kidney tumors and promoted kidney-sparing surgery for small kidney tumors. He is chairman emeritus of the Mayo Clinic Department of Urology and served on the Mayo Clinic board of governors.

Day Kimball Hospital's Employee of the Month is Meg-Ann Clark, medical social worker in the Case Management Department.

Harrington Hospital Auxiliary has awarded four $4,000 scholarships to local students planning to pursue careers in health care. Kimberly Brodeur, a graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School, will attend Rhode Island College's School of Nursing. Kayla C. Desauniers, a graduate of Southbridge Christian Academy, will attend Becker College's School of Nursing. Hayley M. Hazzard, a graduate of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, will attend Anna Maria College's School of Nursing. Melina J. Zaik, a graduate of North Brookfield Junior Senior High School, will attend Mount Wachusett Community College's pre-nursing program.

Two $1,000 scholarships were presented to current Harrington Hospital employees planning to pursue further education in the health care field in the fall. They are Susan E. Caldbeck, who will follow a career in the pharmaceutical industry and attend Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School's practical nursing program, and Sarah E. Morse, who will attend nursing school at Liberty University in Virginia.

Pernet Home Health Service has introduced Caring with Confidence, a new nursing and homemaker service. The program is for families bringing home a new baby. For a fee, Pernet can send a nurse and/or homemaker to the home. Pernet nurses will perform a newborn assessment and provide any education requested, such as teaching proper swaddling of the infant or consulting about breastfeeding.

Pernet homemakers can do errands and household chores during this critical time of parent-newborn bonding and recuperation from labor and delivery.

For information, call nursing coordinator Kara Guenette at (508) 755-1228, ext. 261, or e-mail kguenette@pernetfamilyhealth.org.

Dr. Herb Stevenson will present a review on the use of platelet-rich plasma treatments to treat chronic-overuse tendon and ligament injuries from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 29 at Ramsey Rehab, 39 Cinema Blvd., Leominster.

Clinton Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the Ambulatory Care Center at Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. No appointment is necessary. For information, call (978) 368-3760.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family and Friends Support Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 in Conference Room A at Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. For information, call Edie Scott or Andy Scott at (978) 245-2214, or e-mail ediescott@verizon.net or scotty62@verizon.net.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Recovery Support Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 in Conference Room B at Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton.

For

information, contact Sheryl Kilbourn at (978) 602-0089 or wetmashmallow@yahoo.com, or Francis Nadeau at (978) 368-1765 or frannadeau@comcast.net.

Fallon Community Health Plan is offering its Quit to Win smoking cessation program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays in Conference Room B at Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. For more information, call (888) 807-2908.

Harrington Hospital's Education Department is offering a breast-feeding class to local residents from 6 to 8 p.m. June 29 in Conference Room 2 at the hospital, 100 South St., Southbridge. To register, call (508) 765-3050.

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CUTLINE: (1) Royalty from Jordan and a global task force on expanding cancer care to developing countries visited the Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center to gather information on the partnership between Milford Regional and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center. (2) Dr. Blute (3) Ms. Clark

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