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Harrison Cancer League Donates Infusion Chair to Saint Michael's

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Harrison Cancer League Donates Infusion Chair to Saint Michael's

The Harrison Cancer League donated an infusion chair to Saint Michael’s Medical Center that will allow patients to rest in comfort as they receive chemotherapy and other infusion therapy treatments in the hospital’s Cancer Center.

An infusion chair is similar to a reclining chair, but is designed to be used in a hospital setting. The chair donated to Saint Michael’s, which also features a swing arm, typically sells for about $4,100.

“The purchase of this chair was a way that we could help Saint Michael’s, which is a partner with Harrison,” said Joan Michaelson, who lead the effort to raise funds for the infusion chair. “We believe in home-grown, in taking care of our own. That’s what this is all about.”

Saint Michael’s is the closest hospital to Harrison, located a short drive across the Passaic River from the Hudson County community. Harrison Mayor James A. Fife serves on the board of the Saint Michael’s.

“I want to thank the members of the Harrison Cancer League for making this generous donation to the hospital,” Mayor Fife said. “It’s fitting that this gift goes to Saint Michael’s as our residents consider it their hospital of choice.”

Created in 1972, the Harrison Cancer League seeks to help cancer patients and their families. Much of its fundraising goes out in the form of financial aid directly to help Harrison cancer patients pay for essential items, such as food and rent.

Harrison Cancer League President Sue Karas said the organization works with the Valerie Fund and holds educational events and screenings. It’s members also knit shawls for cancer patients.

The Cancer Center at Saint Michael’s provides comprehensive cancer care to patients throughout the Greater Newark area, offering advanced medical, surgical, and radiation oncology services. Saint Michael's is a member of Prime Healthcare.

The team at The Cancer Center treats a wide range of cancer types, from the most common to the more complicated forms or cancer.

Earlier this year, the Cancer Center installed a top-of-the-line Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator that delivers radiation therapy much more accurately than other devices. With the addition of the new LINAC, Saint Michael's now offers the most advanced cancer treatment in the greater Newark area.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest quality cancer care to our patients,” said Dr. Hamid Shaaban, an oncologist and chief medical officer at Saint Michael’s. “The gift from the Harrison Cancer League will ensure our patients continue to receive treatment in a comfortable setting.”

Click here for more information about the Cancer Center at Saint Michael's.