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Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center Honored with Community Award

Shea Austin, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative (left), presents the ACS Mid-South Community Award to Elizabeth Callais, LJCMC Chief Financial Officer.  Also present were Wendy Rotolo, RN, LJCMC Manager of Case Management, and Becky Majdoch, ACS Health Initiatives Louisiana Director.
Shea Austin, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative (left), presents the ACS Mid-South Community Award to Elizabeth Callais, LJCMC Chief Financial Officer. Also present were Wendy Rotolo, RN, LJCMC Manager of Case Management, and Becky Majdoch, ACS Health Initiatives Louisiana Director.

Houma Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, in Houma, La., has received the 2012 American Cancer Society Mid-South Division Community Award. The honor is bestowed on volunteers and healthcare facilities currently making a huge area impact for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.

The Mid-South Division includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The American Cancer Society selected LJCMC and its employees as the recipient of this award in recognition of the success of the Cancer Resource Center at LJCMC. This is the first Cancer Resource Center at a public hospital in the American Cancer Society's Southeast Market.

"Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center has demonstrated a strong relationship with the American Cancer Society, so this was the ideal facility to have a Cancer Resource Center in the territory," said Shea Austin, Health Initiatives Representative for the American Cancer Society. "This award is certainly well-deserved."

The American Cancer Society credits "Champions" at LJCMC for contributing to the success of the Center. These outstanding champions are Rhonda Green, LJCMC CEO, Wendy Rotolo, Manager of Case Management, and Kristy Bourgeois, Social Services Counselor.

"I cannot give enough credit to our staff for providing the best possible care to our oncology patients. The Cancer Resource Center has proven to be invaluable in this effort since opening a year ago," Green said. "We're very honored to receive this award."

In the one year that the Cancer Resource Center has been open, more than 226 area cancer patients have used the Center's resources and information. Wigs, hats, scarves and other treatment-related gift items are always available free of charge for those undergoing cancer treatments and facing partial or total loss of hair. More than 300 of these items were given to patients who visited the Center.

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.