Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - GH Receives $50,000 Grant to Initiate STAR-Certified Cancer Rehabilitation


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Greenwich Hospital Receives $50,000 Grant to Initiate STAR-Certified Cancer Rehabilitation

December 18, 2012 (GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT) – Cancer rehabilitation at Greenwich Hospital is getting a boost to initiate the STAR Certification Program thanks to a $50,000 grant from Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson.

The STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) program is an evidence-based education and training program that enables medical professionals to develop advanced oncology rehabilitation skills. The goal is to help improve the quality of life for survivors who experience side effects from treatment.

After completing cancer treatment with their surgeon or oncologist, many patients still don’t feel well because radiation and chemotherapy treatments have taken a physical and emotional toll. The STAR program aims to minimize the side effects that may cause pain, fatigue and disability so that each patient can improve or restore their level of function at home, work, recreationally and socially.

“Our mission is to return patients to as close to their pre-cancer health as possible, and also to educate them about how to remain healthy,” explained Ron Ponchak, administrative director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Greenwich Hospital.

From physicians and physical therapists to dietitians, nurses, social workers and counselors, the STAR interdisciplinary training at Greenwich Hospital will be ongoing this winter, and has been shown to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.

The addition of the STAR program, known as the gold standard in cancer rehabilitation care, fortifies Greenwich Hospital’s commitment to service excellence that has earned the hospital high scores for patient satisfaction.