SPARTANBURG — Even though he’s getting busier and busier with the approach of Christmas Eve Santa still found time this past Friday to help bring some Christmas cheer to some cancer patients
In a statement released this past weekend, the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that “voices singing Holly Jolly Christmas, jingling bells and ‘ho, ho, hos’ filled the halls of Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute on Friday morning.”
SRHS reported that one of those voices belonged to Santa Claus who took time out of his busy schedule to come down from the North Pole and take part in the event.
The announcement states the cancer center staff and Santa Claus helped brighten the holidays for Christmas patients by caroling.
“The holidays can be a difficult time of year for those with an illness, but an important part of healing is raising spirits,” said David Church, PhD, Vice President of Oncology and Support Services for Gibbs. “This is one way we can help brighten Christmas for patients and our associates.”
About Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute
According to its website (gibbscancercenter.org) is “named for philanthropists Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs” … and opened its doors in 1999. Today, in addition to Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute on the campus of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Gibbs offers satellite locations throughout the Upstate so patients throughout the region have access to the best clinical expertise and most advanced treatments available anywhere, without having to wait or travel far from home.”
The website states that “cancer care is highly technical and requires specialized training, technology and infrastructure. It is our belief that the more physicians focus on a particular disease, the better the care and outcomes. For this reason, we have organized the physicians of Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute into 10 disease-focused cancer teams that meet weekly to discuss each new patient. Thus, the patient receives what we call multidisciplinary care where teams of providers (surgical oncologist, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other clinicians) discuss your individual case and develop a personalized treatment plan specific to you. We seek to give every patient the opportunity for the best possible cancer care and support services without leaving home. Cancer care is truly comprehensive at Gibbs. This is precision medicine.
The Gibbs system includes the following Centers of Excellence, clinics, and programs:
Centers of Excellence
• Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health
• CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center
Other Related Clinics & Programs
• Center for Health & Healing
• High Risk Breast Clinic
• Supportive Care Clinic
• Survivorship Program
• Oncology Rehabilitation
• Palliative Care
Call 1-855-DNA-GIBBS for more information on any of the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute programs.
Santa Claus and Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute associates caroled through Gibbs to brighten the holidays for patients.
Lynn Foster, director of Medical Group of the Carolinas — Hematology Oncology, leads the group in “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
The information for this story was provided by the Spartanburg Regional Health Care System.