GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich Hospital’s recent “Sailing into Survivorship” celebration brought together nearly 130 former patients, volunteers and oncology staff to pay tribute to cancer survivors from throughout the area.
Norman Roth, president of the hospital, noted that 15.5 million Americans are now cancer survivors.
“We are doing a much better job of treating cancer and turning cancer into a chronic illness,” he said.
In addition to celebrating survivors, members of the hospital were also honored for their contributions to the fight against cancer during the event.
Barbara Ward, medical director of the Breast Center, presented the Greenwich Hospital Breast Center Award to the entire radiation oncology staff in recognition of the care they provide to patients every day.
“Not only do our patients feel well cared for by our radiation oncology staff, but this team has modernized our treatment regimen to go beyond what is considered state-of-the-art with treatment options such as stereotactic radiation therapy and intra-operative radiation therapy,” she said.
Another of the celebration's honorees, Paul Waters, a thoracic surgeon, received the 2016 Oncology Service Line Award for his efforts to enhance the hospital’s oncology services.
Waters’ contributions have included the introduction of new technology such as the EBUS bronchoscope to perform minimally invasive biopsies, and expertise in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci system.
He also chairs the institutional review board that oversees clinical research, the oncology quality council and several other committees.
Along with the presentations, the survivorship event featured information about resources available at the hospital and numerous partners in cancer care, including the Yale Cancer Genetic Counseling Program, the American Cancer Society, the Good Dog Foundation, CancerCare and Healing Touch.
“This is a celebration of the journeys we have taken together,” said Dickerman Hollister, a medical oncologist and presenter at the event. “Every year, this group gets bigger and healthier.”