Anonymous donation boosts PCH Cancer Center Endowment

Friday, February 21, 2014
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Dr. Frank Workman, a physician with IU Health, is surrounded by members of the Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center team (from left) CMA Amanda Gray, RN OCN Georgeann Caine, RN Joann Cantrell, Office Manager Becky Hutcheson, RN OCN Rhonda McCammack and RN Sarah Barnes.

Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center has sent its thanks and gratitude for the substantial donation made to the Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center Endowment, which has been established through the Putnam County Community Foundation.

The Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center Endowment was founded in 2008 with the primary purpose to provide financial support to the programs and operation of the cancer center. The endowment supports the mission of the PCH Cancer Center which is to provide comprehensive community education as well as prevention, detection, and treatment for all types of cancer.

The donation will enable the cancer center to continue to reach out and make a difference in the lives of community residents.

Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center offers a peaceful setting for patients who are undergoing cancer treatments. The unit has seven infusion bays adjacent to the nursing stations and three private examination rooms. The cancer center provides a comprehensive plan with holistic care that meets the medical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the patients. Up-to-date treatment is delivered from physicians and medical professionals who know and care about the patients and their families.

Dr. Frank Workman, a physician with IU Health, is a medical oncologist/hemato-logist who treats patients battling cancer or blood disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in hematology. He sees patients at the PCH Cancer Center on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Cancer Center is staffed by four registered nurses. All of the center's nursing staff has received training to give oncology care. Active membership in the local Illiana Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) allows the nursing staff to attend monthly meetings to discuss new and current treatments.

Oncology certification of the nursing staff through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is a priority and a goal of 75 percent of staff certification has been set for 2014.

The Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is renewed every three years by adhering to stringent guidelines that ensure our clients receive the best care possible. The first PCH review was conducted in 1988 and the Cancer Center has remained accredited, with the last survey conducted in 2013.

In compliance with the accreditation process and to continue growth, PCH physicians, surgeons, radiologists and oncology staff meet regularly for professional development and discussion regarding trends for this particular area.

For more information about the PCH Cancer Center, persons may call 655-2581 or go to

For more information on how to donate to the PCH Cancer Center Endowment, persons may contact the Putnam County Community Foundation at 653-4978.

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