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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - South Jersey Healthcare Breaks Ground on the Expansion of the SJH Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion
VINELAND, NJ (April 29) – South Jersey Healthcare broke ground on the expansion of the SJH Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion which will provide the convenience of having all cancer services offered in one location.

Chet Kaletkowski, President & CEO, SJH, led the ceremony featuring remarks from David Blom, D.O., Medical Director, SJH Cancer Program, Michael Rossi, Chairman, SJH Hospital Board; Robert Romano, Mayor of the City of Vineland; and John F. Scarpa.

The SJH Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion will grow to triple its existing size from 12,500 sq. ft. to 34,200 sq. ft.  Upon completion of this project, the SJH Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion will provide expanded medical oncology services, medical oncology group practice office locations centralized on one campus, expanded “visiting” physician offices, enhanced clinical research capability, as well as the convenience of one location for all cancer services.

John F. Scarpa addressed the audience today about how “giving is our community responsibility” and followed up his remarks by making a pledge to the expansion project.  Our Cancer Pavilion is named in honor of his parents for his 2004 pledge of $2.5 million.  He is contributing an additional $500,000 to support the expansion of cancer services here at SJH, which will bring his total pledged amount to $3 million.  “Once this expansion is complete, there is truly no need to go to Philadelphia or New York for cancer care,” said Scarpa.  “Our local program is outstanding.”

Mayor Romano also addressed the group this morning expressing his support on behalf of the City of Vineland, who is providing $4 million of support from the Vineland/Millville Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).
For over 12 years, SJH has partnered with Fox Chase Cancer Center providing leading-edge cancer care through national clinical trials, which study new cancer treatments, diagnostic and prevention methods.  Research is one component of the cancer program that will grow as a result of this expansion. SJH’s fully accredited cancer program blends technology, convenience and compassionate care to provide peace of mind through the cancer journey.

“This is an exciting time for the SJH Cancer Program,” said Melanie Pirollo, Director SJH Cancer Services.  “Patients will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and our comprehensive care all in one convenient location.”

In 2007, SJH Cancer Services received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer. The award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in quality care to cancer patients. SJH was one of only two cancer programs in New Jersey and one of only 31 in the United States to receive the award in 2007.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.