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Patients Ring in a New Chapter in their Lives

8 For centuries, the ship bell has served as a powerful and tangible reminder of individuals who have displayed honor, courage and commitment.

Motivated to do something special for the many brave cancer patients who have endured rigorous radiation oncology treatments, Jonathan Haas, MD, Chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop, recently hung bells in the Hospital’s outpatient Radiation Oncology Center as well as in Winthrop’s CyberKnife Center and in the Division of Radiation Oncology. Now, at the conclusion of their treatments, patients – often joined by their loved ones – can ring the “Finishing Bell,” signifying the great courage they’ve displayed throughout the course of their treatments and the start of a new chapter in their lives.

Young patient Madeline Girard was the first to ring the Radiation Oncology “Finishing Bell.”

In addition to ringing the bell, patients are encouraged to share poems and reflections to inspire future patients.

“This is the start of what I hope to be a very busy tradition,” said Dr. Haas.
Vol. 22, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2012

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