Virtua Samson Cancer Center Now Open to Patients
The highly anticipated Virtua Samson Cancer Center had its grand opening on October 4, 2018. This 48,000 square-foot facility in Moorestown, NJ, will ensure that South Jersey residents have easy access to a full range of oncology services and innovative technologies, all under one roof.
Notable aspects of the Center include:
- A patient-centric experience: From the onset, the design for the Center focused on the patient experience and creating a space that promotes serenity and healing.
- Clinical excellence: The Center will provide medical and radiation oncology through the Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has received the Commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
- Coordinated care: To address the complex needs of patients, the Center will also contain offices for clinical social work, nurse navigators, clinical research, genetic counseling, lymphedema care, and palliative and survivorship care.
- Philanthropy in action: The Center is financially supported by donations to Virtua Foundation’s “The Power to Heal Campaign,” including a $2 million donation from The Marvin Samson Foundation.
- A holistic approach to health: The RCCA Hair Boutique within the Center will provide professional salon services, donated by Rizzieri Salons, Spa, and Schools, to patients in a private and peaceful setting. Patients experiencing hair loss can receive head-shaving services, wig-fittings and head wraps – all free of charge thanks to donations to Virtua Foundation.
Stephanie Fendrick, Virtua SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, emceed the event and introduced the following speakers:
- Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE: President and CEO of Virtua, Mr. Pullin spoke to how the new Center addresses the health needs of the South Jersey community.
- Marvin Samson: The Marvin Samson Foundation generously committed $2 million in support of the cancer center that will bear its name. Mr. Samson is a current Virtua board member and long-time supporter of Virtua Foundation.
- David A. Kindlick: Dedicated to community service, Mr. Kindlick became chair of the Virtua Board of Trustees in 2017.
- Seth H. Berk, MD: Dr. Berk is the program director of the Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program and an oncologist with Regional Cancer Care Associates.
- Frank Rizzieri: As CEO, owner, and director of Rizzieri Salon & Spa, Mr. Rizzieri has a longstanding commitment to philanthropy and is a member of the Virtua Foundation Board of Trustees.
- Phyllis London (patient): Born at Virtua Memorial and treated for breast cancer in the same building four decades later, artist Phyllis London reflected on the compassionate care she received and donate a painting to the Center.