May 09, 2016 10:00 AM

Author: Mary Beckerle, PhD

nursing staff at HCI

Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, we have an extraordinary team of nurses and support professionals who contribute to our patient care at every step—from clinic visits to infusion to surgery to wellness to family support. I am extremely proud of the high quality of care our nurses deliver to our patients and families who are dealing with the enormous physical and emotional stress of a cancer diagnosis.

Huntsman Cancer Institute routinely scores in the 99th percentile in patient satisfaction based on nationwide surveys conducted by Press Ganey and our nurses are essential to this exceptional standard of care. You don’t have to take my word for it. Take a look at some comments made by patients after recent visits to Huntsman Cancer Institute (names extracted to protect confidentiality):

  • “Dr. X and his nurse…could not have had higher standards.
  • “I can’t say enough good things about [my nurse].”
  • “Dr. X and his nurse made me feel like I really mattered to them.”
  • “Dr. X and his nurse treat me as if they are treating one of their own family members!!…I’m truly blessed to have…a nurse I can call at any time and never feel like an inconvenience.”

Nurses at Huntsman Cancer Institute play an especially important role, not only in delivery of outstanding, leading-edge cancer care, but also in their support of clinical research on new and better cancer treatments. The contributions of nurses are critical to our mission to advance understanding of research discoveries to better prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer patients and their families.

In closing, let me share a comment Vice President Biden made during his visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute earlier this year, which featured a panel discussion on the unique ways we in Utah are working to advance cancer research. As you may know, our discussion included a conversation about the critical contributions made by nurses in delivery of cancer care. Vice President Biden conveyed to us what a profound impact the nurses had on him and his family while his son, Beau Biden, underwent treatments for glioblastoma. Vice President Biden said, “If there are any angels in heaven, they are all nurses.”

I couldn’t agree more.

With gratitude to all nurses, this week and always,

Mary Beckerle, PhD

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Mary Beckerle, PhD

CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute

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Cancer touches all of us.

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