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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - South Jersey Healthcare nurse is first to earn breast care certification

Vineland, NJ (August 10) – Ruth Ann Bishop-Sotak, R.N., M.S., breast care coordinator for South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center, has earned national certification as a Breast Care Nurse. Bishop-Sotak, an experienced nurse who has battled breast cancer, opened the Breast Cancer Bridge Office at the RMC in 2005.

Currently, less than 400 nurses in the country are breast care certified; Bishop-Sotak is the first at South Jersey Healthcare. She joins five of her fellow nurses in the cancer program who hold various national oncology nursing certifications.

“Nurses with specialty certification can enhance the level of care we provide, and bring the latest evidence-based practices to our patients,” said Melanie Pirollo, director of Cancer Services. “Ruth Ann’s certification enriches our cancer program and further distinguishes South Jersey Healthcare as first class provider of cancer services.”

“After my own battle with cancer, I became much more aware and involved in cancer care. Today, I’m proud to have this certification so I may help others along their cancer journey and offer them hope, knowledge and treatment options,” said Bishop-Sotak.

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.