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Betty Kearns Honored with Cancer Resource Suite Dedication
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Betty KearnsPort Huron, MI…The Mercy Regional Cancer Center is pleased to announce that an Open House Dedication and Blessing Ceremony of the new Cancer Resource Suite, located within the Mercy Women’s Health Center at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The suite was made possible by the generous contributions of the Kearns family through their annual Little Black Dress event. The event is held each spring in honor of their matriarch Betty Kearns, who passed away from breast cancer in September 2006. The first event was held in early 2007 with the intent of supporting local breast cancer services. As a result, St. Joseph Mercy utilized the financial contribution to fund highly-advanced digital mammography equipment. With the Little Black Dress contribution provided in 2010, St. Joseph Mercy has financed the remodeling of a new Cancer Resource Suite, dedicated to cancer patients seeking supports through the Mercy Regional Cancer Center’s free wig program, the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better program, or those seeking educational and informational resources. The suite will be dedicated in the name of Betty Kearns, with a memorial photo and plaque. “We are honored and pleased to be able to expand our cancer care services in the community in honor of Betty Kearns, who was such an outstanding community resident and supporter of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and our cancer program,” comments Brenda Miller, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator and program coordinator for the suite. “Betty was treated for breast cancer through the Mercy Regional Cancer Center, and it is with great respect that we recognize that her memory lives on through the tremendous philanthropic work of her family.” The Open House Blessing and Dedication Ceremony of the Cancer Resource Suite will begin at 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The suite is located in the Mercy Women’s Health Center, and guests are invited to park in the parking lot across from the entrance. The Open House will conclude at 5 p.m. With free refreshments, the community is invited to celebrate this unique woman, her family and her memory. Participants are also invited to tour the Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibit which will be on display throughout the hospital’s main lobby and corridor. “We are extremely honored to be the recipient of such a generous financial gift as well as the gift of time the Kearns Family provides each and every year in honor of their mother,” comments Peter Karadjoff, President & CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. “Although I never knew Betty Kearns personally, I am certain that she is extremely proud of the work her family continues in its quest to raise awareness regarding cancer screening, detection and treatment, while at the same time celebrating her life and the gifts she continues to give to the community.” To learn more about the Mercy Regional Cancer Center and its full-service cancer program, visit St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron online at: For more information about the Cancer Resource Suite, please contact Brenda Miller, RN, at 810-985-1871. # # # St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 119-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided the “Gold Seal of Approval”. SJMPH’s cancer program was named “best in cancer care” and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons [2008]. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb Region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit:
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