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Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley Partners with St. Mary Medical Center
Club provides a network of social and emotional support for cancer patients and families.

LANGHORNE, Pa., June 22, 2010 – The Regional Cancer Center at St. Mary Medical Center is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley, an affiliate of Cancer Support Community, to provide emotional and social support for cancer patients and their families. The unique sense of community created through the special programs and services offered by the non-profit Gilda’s Club support a healing environment that fits well with the Medical Center’s holistic approach to patient-centered care in treating mind, body, and spirit. St. Mary is the first offsite location and first hospital affiliation for Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley, which is located in Warminster, PA.

Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley, named for comedian Gilda Radner who died of ovarian cancer in 1989, is part of a national network of cancer-support communities. Radner’s quote that cancer gave her “membership in an elite club I’d rather not belong to” is the origin for the naming of the free educational and support network dedicated to helping people learn to live with cancer.

Gilda’s Club at St. Mary Medical Center will have dedicated space in the conference room within the Regional Cancer Center, 1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA, 19047. The program initially will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first, third, and fourth Mondays of the month, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. each second Monday of the month.

“Gilda’s Club offers cancer patients and their families a supportive place to relax, enjoy activities, and meet with others experiencing the feelings, issues, and challenges of living with cancer,” says Melanie C. Kaplan, LSW, program manager for Gilda’s Club at St. Mary Medical Center. “It is an extremely empowering environment for families who can at times feel isolated and overwhelmed by the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment. We are pleased to be able to partner with St. Mary to provide social and emotional support for patients and their families.”

Each month, Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley offers a schedule of programs, including a variety of support groups, lectures, workshops, exercise classes, creative activities, and social events. Noogieland, a special program for children, offers activities for children and teens that are living with cancer, or have a family member living with cancer.

Activities in June at Gilda’s Club at St. Mary include new member and informational meetings, family and friends support groups, and a wellness support group. A special program, “Keeping the Faith While Living with Cancer,” will be presented by Richard Brochu, Administrative Director of Spiritual Care at St. Mary, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 28. A complete schedule of activities for June and July 2010 is attached. To register for activities at Gilda’s Club at St. Mary, please call 215.710.6828.

Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley operates their main clubhouse at 200 Kirk Road, Warminster, PA.

For more information, visit www.gildasclubdelval.org or call 215.441.3290.

Committed to providing quality care, and advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments, the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and accredited by the American College of Radiology, both recognitions of highest standards of practice in patient care. For more information, please call 215.710.5300.