July 10, 2007

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Jeanne M. Rogers, RN, MEd, Appointed by Governor Rendell to Serve on
PA Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board

(PHILADELPHIA) — Jeanne M. Rogers, RN, MEd, Associate Executive Director of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and Administrative Director, of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network, was recently appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve on the Advisory Board,” said Rogers. “This vital group plays an instrumental role in advising the Pennsylvania state Secretary of Health and the Governor on issues related to cancer prevention, screening, treatment and research that are of interest to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Our small, but diverse group has one ultimate goal and that is to provide cancer patients and their families access to affordable state-of-the-art care.”

The Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention and Research Advisory Board has 11 members, including the Secretary of Health and ten other members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The panel consists of three physicians, one nurse, one health care administrator, two public health professionals, one community health nurse, and three citizens.

The board’s primary function is to advise the Secretary of Health on matters related to cancer; approve a yearly plan for cancer control, prevention and research; report annually to the General Assembly; and recommend the awarding of grants and contracts related to cancer control, prevention and research.

Rogers, who has been with Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center since 1993, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Cancer Executives (ACE) and serves on its 2008 Conference Planning Committee. In addition, Rogers serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Technical Review Committee. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Rogers resides in Doylestown, PA.

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The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania is a national leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. The pre-eminent position of the Cancer Center is reflected in its continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for 30 years, one of 39 such Centers in the United States. The ACC is dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. The clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and patient care coordinators, currently sees over 50,000 outpatient visits, 3400 inpatient admissions, and provides over 24,000 chemotherapy treatments, and more than 65,000 radiation treatments. Not only is the ACC dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer care, the latest forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are available to our patients through clinical themes that developed in the relentless pursuit to eliminate the pain and suffering from cancer. In addition, the ACC is home to the 300 research scientists who work relentlessly to determine the pathogenesis of cancer. Together, the faculty is committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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