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osfstanthonyscancerawardThe American Cancer Society recently recognized OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center with its Mission Award for support of the society’s fight against cancer.

“OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center is a collaborative, engaged, and supportive partner of the American Cancer Society,” said Linda Schulz Health Systems manager for hospitals in the North Central Region for the American Cancer Society. “Leading the fight against cancer, whether it be in the River Bend or across Illinois, it is an honor to work with Saint Anthony’s as such a strong partner to focus on a mission of caring for individuals with cancer and their families.”

OSF Saint Anthony’s has increased its commitment to improving the lives of patients, survivors and caregivers with plans for a $14 million, state-of-the-art free-standing cancer center.

Additionally, OSF Saint Anthony’s supports the American Cancer Society in an extensive partnership that includes the commitment of its employees as well as financial support through Relay for Life; sponsorship of the Farm to Table event, an annual event raising funds toward cancer research and services; hosting the “Look Good Feel Better Program”; utilizing American Cancer Society patient education materials; supporting the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; and active participation in the ACS Madison County Leadership Council.

The Mission Award is given to partners that sponsor multiple American Cancer Society events, chair or serve on an American Cancer Society event, and which donate more than $50,000.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by one of the leading organizations fighting cancer in this country. We appreciate the important partnership that’s contributing to better care and outcomes for patients with cancer,” said Ajay Pathak, president of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center.

PHOTO: From left, Michelle Sands (wife of Dr. Dennis Sands), Rob Schwartz of the RiverBend Growth Association, Lee McRaven, gift officer, OSF Foundation, Ajay Pathak, president , OSF Saint Anthony’s, James Piephoff, M.D., radiation oncologist, OSF Medical Group, Wei Lin, M.D., medical oncologist, OSF Medical Group, Tonya Piephoff (wife of Dr. Piephoff), and Manpreet Sandhu, M.D., medical oncologist, OSF Medical Group.