NICOLE RUFFINI- MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER MONMOUTH

NICOLE RUFFINI- SITE ADMINISTRATOR GAVE A VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION ON THE NEW SLOAN KETTERING FACILITY IN HOMDEL, NJ.  DUE TO THE LONG TRAVEL TIME FOR PEOPLE TO NYC, SLOAN KETTERING IS BUILDING NEW FACILITIES CLOSER TO PATIENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT NEED DAILY TREATMENT.  HOMDEL IS THE SECOND FACILITY IN NJ, THE FIRST BEING IN BASKING RIDGE.  A THIRD FACILITY WILL BE BUILT IN TENAFLY.  HOMDEL HAS BEEN OPENED FOR 6 MONTHS, SEES 475 PATIENTS PER DAY, HAS A STAFF OF 275  AND IS OPENED FROM 6AM TO 10PM.  SHORT TERM OUTPATIENT SURGERY [UP TO 2 HOURS) IS DONE NOW WITH LONGER SURGERIES PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE.  THERE ARE 27 VOLUNTEERS, HALF ARE HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THE REST ARE CANCER SURVIVORS.