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WCA Receives Blanket Warmer For Patients Receiving Treatment at Cancer Treatment Center


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From left, Cecil M. Miller, WCA Hospital Vice President of Support Services; Tammara L.C. Hodges, WCA Hospital Director of Imaging Services; Eugene DeCastro, Institutional Casework Inc., Jamestown Metal Products Division Development Engineer; Katherine Storms, WCA Cancer Treatment Center radiation therapist; Judith Thomas, WCA Cancer Treatment Center Manager of Radiation Therapy.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, November 21, 2014)—Eugene DeCastro, Development Engineer, and Sam LaMancuso, Director of Engineering at Institutional Casework Inc., Jamestown Metal Products Division, recently presented a new Warming Cabinet (blanket warmer), engineered and designed by Eugene and Sam, for patients treated at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center. 

The purpose of the new warming cabinet at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center will serve to provide heated storage for blankets, used for the comfort of patients diagnosed with cancer during their radiation treatment.

The Institutional Casework Jamestown Metal Product donation was made in loving memory of Joseph and Mary DeCastro, Eugene’s parents.  Eugene’s mother, Mary, was a patient treated at the WCA Hospital Emergency Department and greatly appreciated the comfort provided by warmed blankets during her stay.  “Making this donation in memory of my family is such a positive way to celebrate their lives and means so much to me,” said Eugene.  “We are thrilled to give back to the patients in the same way that WCA gave to my mother and my wife during their illnesses.”

Eugene visited with the WCA Cancer Treatment staff and demonstrated the proper operation of the warming cabinet. 

“The warming cabinet will serve as an enhanced element of care and comfort for our patients and means so much to their overall health and recovery,” said Tammara L.C. Hodges, WCA Hospital Imaging Director.  “We extend our gratitude and appreciation for the kindness of Eugene, Sam, and the Jamestown Metal Products family.  Their gift will leave an indelible mark on the care of our patients for many years to come.”

About WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program
WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer® (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals that provide a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. The comprehensive cancer care team is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer for residents in the Chautauqua County and surrounding region. In partnership with physicians, hospital staff, and health care providers, the nationally recognized program provides a comprehensive range of high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective services, including health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial and patient navigation support. A Cancer Care Treatment Committee composed of individuals specializing in every aspect of care for patients with malignant diseases reviews all cancer-related activities at WCA Hospital. By evaluating educational programs, interpreting Cancer Registry data and analyzing results of patient care studies, the Committee continues to raise the level of cancer care at WCA.

To make a tax deductible donation to the care of patients at WCA Hospital, contact the WCA Hospital Office of Development, at (716) 664-8423.  To learn about all of the ways WCA Hospital cares for you, visit www.wcahospital.org.

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