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Cancer Center offers healing beyond medicine

Published 12/07/2016

After a successful $6.5 million capital campaign and a year-long renovation of Read 1, a modern, fully integrated community cancer center was unveiled, providing a close-to-home alternative to patients in Washington County and surrounding areas.

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, over 200 people gathered at South County Hospital to recognize the tremendous impact that cancer has on those who receive the diagnosis, as well as the commitment of caring exhibited by South County Health. The result of that commitment is what Dr. Gerald Colvin called “a true Cancer Center” for the community, in the community.

Among the speakers at the grand re-opening event was Laura Adams, a breast cancer survivor and founder of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, who shared her insights on the healing power of connections.

She spoke intimately of her experience, starting with hearing the diagnosis and how it affected her and her family, to celebrating a five-year cancer-free anniversary by speaking at the event. She also spoke of her understanding of what South County Hospital achieved by creating the Cancer Center.

“Miracle medicine lives here,” she said. “But there’s a power beyond medicine in the human connection that South County brings. I’m convinced of it. They’ve got some puzzle pieces here that other places don’t have – relationship based care. They understand the connection to self, patients, care team and the community,” she said.

Ms. Adams also took the opportunity to tour the new Cancer Center. Throughout her career in healthcare she admitted, she often thought she knew what patients needed. It wasn’t until she became a patient that she truly understood those needs.

“What you created at South County really matters. You respect the time of the patients and their families,” she said. “You are a shining star because you keep the patient the North Star.”

Speaking from her experience as a cancer patient, she applauded South County Health for understanding the human condition and embodying our vision statement in what we do.

“A patient doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” she said.

To learn more about South County Health’s Cancer Care, please call 401-783-6670.