From Newton-Wellesley Hospital:
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation announced today that it has received a gift of $15,000 from the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC), the largest one-time gift in the club’s history. The gift will benefit the Integrative Support Services Resource Area and the PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s new Joan and James Vernon Cancer Center, which will open this fall.
The Integrative Support Services Resource Area will provide a place where patients and their families can access a wide variety of educational materials about cancer, its treatments, and wellness programs to aide in recovery. It will be an integral part of the Vernon Cancer Center’s Integrative Support Services program that will provide positive life-enhancing services for patients and their families to help reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and boost patients’ ability to cope with pain, anxiety, and stress. One of these services will be the PACT program, which is a nationally-recognized program created in 1995 by Dr. Paula Rauch at the Massachusetts General Hospital to assist families in addressing the unique parenting issues that arise when the parent has cancer. This is the first time PACT will be brought out to a community hospital setting.