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Congratulations to Theresa Werner, MD, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and University of Utah assistant professor of medicine, who received a 2016 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Werner serves as medical director of the HCI Clinical Trials Office and manages an extensive portfolio of cancer clinical studies.
Come and let your body enjoy the health benefits from laughter. Whole Body Laughter includes breathing techniques and games designed to encourage playfulness and well-being. This is not a high-energy activity.
My Artist in Residence position at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is something I never saw coming. I have always considered myself primarily a studio artist, but my trajectory as an artist shifted drastically when my father died suddenly in 2010. His death taught me a lot about grief and the value of life. I learned that it is tough to measure the importance of a person until he is gone, and that part of loving means accepting what is unlovable—that is, the experience of losing the person you love. For this reason, my father’s death was more traumatic to me then I could ever have anticipated, fundamentally changing the way I engaged in life and art.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah participated in a national summit on the Cancer Moonshot initiative on June 29, 2016. The Cancer Moonshot Summits were organized at the request of Vice President Joe Biden, and more than 270 organizations hosted summits that brought together patients and survivors, researchers, physicians, advocates, philanthropists, and data and technology experts to brainstorm ways of speeding up progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care over the next five years—and to ultimately end cancer as we know it.
Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery, adapted from www.californiastrawberries.com. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List created by HCI and Harmons.
Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery, adapted from The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach
The Cancer Moonshot Initiative, launched during President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address and headed by Vice President Joe Biden, is generating excitement and hope in the world of cancer research and care. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is playing an important role in these efforts. In addition to hosting a visit by Vice President Biden in February of this year, HCI researchers have continued to accelerate cancer research progress.
Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery. Learn about the Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List created by HCI and Harmons.
Recipe courtesy of Harmons Grocery.
You might not see us during your visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), but we want to let you know that we are working hard in the Varley Lab in the HCI research building next door. We conduct research that improves the treatment and care of patients like you. We are a small group of dedicated young men and women who are developing new strategies to diagnose and treat breast and ovarian cancer.
The Artist in Residence Program brings art making to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients, their loved ones, and health care staff.
To round out nurses week, we’re featuring two today: Diane Bowen and Kelly Moynahan. Both have a long history with Huntsman Cancer Institute.
We hope to see you May 20 for a spring picnic at Sugar House Park!
It is hard to imagine a world without the care of nurses. Thanks to one dedicated woman in particular, we don’t have to. Florence Nightingale is broadly acknowledged and revered as the pioneer of modern nursing. Although most people know her as the “Lady with the Lamp,” she is much more than that.
Today is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Born May 12, 1820, she is broadly acknowledged and revered as the pioneer of modern nursing. She is remembered for her organizational skills and addressing sanitation conditions in hospitals and on the battle field.
The National Nurses Week theme this year is “Culture of Safety.” Huntsman Cancer Institute nurses work hard to maintain a safe environment for our patients. Cancer patients are some of the most vulnerable patients in health care. Due to their treatment or disease, they have compromised immune systems. This means there is a decreased number of white blood cells making it difficult to fight infection. HCI has a nurse dedicated to Infection Prevention. Jamie Fendler assists with monitoring our infection rates, provides training, and assists with policies and processes. Hand hygiene is the #1 method we use along with keeping a clean environment. Other examples of how nurses keep patients safe include fall risk assessment, patient identification, early recognition of concerning vital signs, and communicating information between departments. Nurses are in the hospital 24/7 to provide care and treatments and maintain a safe environment.
Join us in May on the patio behind Huntsman Cancer Hospital where we’ll draw inspiration from the hills, sky, birds, and flowers to write haiku, a form of Japanese verse with three unrhymed lines.
Join us for a workshop painting ceramic mushrooms. These colorful sculptures are a fun addition to any garden.
Here at Huntsman Cancer Institute, it’s Day 2 of Nurses Week. For a group of professionals who take their work very seriously, HCI nurses also find time to fit a little “fun” into their lives at work. Many times this involves food or theme events, such as wearing crazy socks. They always find creative ways to bring a smile to a patient as well. Besides being competent at what they do, kind and compassionate to patients and families, they are also a huge support to each other. The work of a nurse is not easy. There are days when they are asked to accomplish more than seems humanly possible. Our HCI motto is “Patient first, United effort, Excellence in all we do.” HCI nurses live this 24/7.