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HCGH's Cancer Resource Center Changes Name

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New name reflects the commitment of its founder

January 6, 2014

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Andrew Aldrich
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Columbia, MD – The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital (HCGH), changed its name to the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. The new name recognizes Tina Broccolino’s contributions to the center since establishing it 15 years ago. Tina Broccolino established the center in 1998, including naming the center after Howard County-resident Claudia Mayer, who died of cancer in 1996.

“For the past seven years, I have been a proud volunteer and co-chair, along with Tina Broccolino, for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center,” said Carla Northrop. “Tina founded the center, has volunteered countless hours of her time to the center and has inspired so many other volunteers, including myself, to join in her quest to raise the funds necessary to keep the center alive. Because of Tina’s vision and her unwavering leadership over the past 15 years, I recommended that the center should be renamed to include her.”

Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, chairman of the Howard Hospital Foundation board of trustees adds, “Without Tina’s tireless fundraising efforts and the hard work of her outstanding committee members,  the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center would never have been launched to serve cancer patients in our community.  Tina’s tenacious advocacy for the center and all those served by it has yielded tremendous philanthropic support over the past 15 years, and provided invaluable visibility for the hospital’s cancer programs through events such as the annual Fretz fundraiser, Cuts Against Cancer and Blossoms of Hope.  We are delighted to permanently recognize her contributions through the center’s new name.”

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center opened with educational resources and a lending library as well as a full-service salon staffed by volunteer stylists from local salons. The center has expanded throughout the past 15 years, providing more than 5,000 services in 2012, and now offers counseling services, support groups, exercise classes and complementary medicine.

About Howard County General Hospital

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 253 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care. The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing nearly 100 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and more than 380 volunteers.