St. John’s Mercy honored patients and their families Nov. 11, 2010 at the first anniversary celebration of the opening of the David C. Pratt Cancer Center and the Dardick Family Infusion Therapy Center.
St. John’s Mercy honored patients and their families Nov. 11 at the first anniversary celebration of the opening of the David C. Pratt Cancer Center and the Dardick Family Infusion Therapy Center.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said guest Jerre Cowan of Washington. “I’ve gotten to see people – other patients – I haven’t seen in a long time, and I’ve gotten to see people who’ve taken care of me who are my friends now.”
Cowan was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2009. She later came to the cancer center for radiation and infusion therapies and related care.
“The people who work here are amazing. They’re just the best in the world,” she said. “If I were to describe the feeling that you have achieved at this cancer center, I would call it family. Once you are here, you have that feeling that we are all in this together, and just like families, we pull together to save each other. We are made to feel we are not in their fight alone and that we never will be alone.”
Cowan considered the event a happy occasion. She said, “There are a lot of people here who worked hard to get this center open and their efforts were realized, and there are people here who started treatment about the same time I did and we’re all still here.”
Terri L. McLain, hospital president, was delighted with the turnout and delighted to visit with so many patients. “The Pratt Cancer Center and the Dardick Family Infusion Therapy Center and the staffs are truly a gift to our community, and a source of pride for St. John’s Mercy Hospital,” McLain said. “With this event, we really wanted to commemorate our first anniversary and honor patients who’ve received care. We wanted them and their families to celebrate life and unite with the people who have offered clinical and emotional support and comfort. I’m excited that we were able to do that.”
Guests dined on appetizers, wine and beverages. They enjoyed a chocolate fountain, birthday cake, photo booth, information stations and tours of the cancer center. The evening allowed time for almost 200 patients, family members, physicians, staff and others to reconnect, reminisce and listen to remarks from McLain, Dr. Julie Mai, radiation oncologist and Connie Stelzer, manager of the Dardick Family Infusion Center.
The David C. Pratt Cancer Center offers advanced radiation, imaging and diagnostics technology. It features the Dardick Family Infusion Therapy Center and shares the top-rated physicians and specialized services for rarer forms of cancer with the David C. Pratt Cancer Center in Creve Coeur. The Cancer Center in Washington served its first patients Nov. 16, 2009.