MedStar Georgetown Receives Hyundai Clinical Award Grant

Hyundai Hope On Wheels presented MedStar Georgetown University Hospital / Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center with a $75,000 Hyundai Clinical Award grant to help identify families in distress as their children receive treatment for cancer. This grant aims to develop a clinical psychosocial distress screening initiative for the early recognition of psychosocial stressors that could interfere or impede medical treatment.

June 28, 2013

Grant to Identify Families in Distress as their Children Receive Cancer Treatment

(Washington, D.C.) – Hyundai Hope On Wheels presented MedStar Georgetown University Hospital / Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center with a $75,000 Hyundai Clinical Award grant to help identify families in distress as their children receive treatment for cancer. This grant aims to develop a clinical psychosocial distress screening initiative for the early recognition of psychosocial stressors that could interfere or impede medical treatment.

“We are thrilled to have received funding from ‘Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ for our Psychosocial Distress Screening Program. The importance of early identification of distress and psychosocial stressors in the lives of young cancer patients and their families cannot be overemphasized. These stressors can escalate over time and potentially complicate medical care. In keeping with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, this screening initiative will allow us to identify psychosocial problems early in children who are currently being treated for cancer as well as in our cancer survivors and their families.” Aziza T. Shad, MD, chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

During the presentation, Jamie Banks, whose son was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 13, expressed how cancer is not just about treating the illness, but about being supportive for the whole family.

“When your child has cancer it involves more than just treating the medical illness. It involves trying to keep your whole family and home together. You’re trying to keep your life on track,” said Banks.

The opportunity of this grant anticipates an improved quality of life for the patient and the families involved.

Children attending the presentation participated in a handprint ceremony where they painted one of their hands with blue, red or green paint and placed them on a white HOW Tucson.

Daniel Shank-Rowe also participated in the handprint ceremony and shared his experience with battling leukemia. He expressed the importance of making sure the whole family felt at home and appreciated the generosity of the medical team while he received care at MedStar Georgetown.

“I never felt alone when I came for treatment. Everyone was so kind. Georgetown was always my home away from home. Thank you Georgetown and thank you Hyundai,” said Shank-Rowe.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated over $750,000 to MedStar Georgetown and Georgetown University in order to help improve the lives of families and children battling cancer.

About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.

MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital—Knowledge and Compassion Focused on You.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. As the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MedStar’s 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute and a comprehensive scope of health-related organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University. MedStar Health is a $4.5 billion not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in Columbia, Maryland, and one of the largest employers in the region. Its almost 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians all support MedStar Health’s Patient First philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service.

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