Thursday, December 09, 2010
Burt named new director Nanticoke Health Services welcomes Ms. Kathleen Burt, RN, BSN, MS, to the position of director of Nanticoke's Cancer Care Center. Burt will manage operations that continue to provide lower Sussex County with quality cancer care. This includes planning for strategic and operational needs, resource allocation, administrative duties, marketing and staff leadership. Burt earned her BSN from Molloy College in Rockville Center, N.Y. and possesses a MS in health care administration.She has been involved with the care of cancer patients since 1975. Burt comes to Nanticoke from the Medical University of South Carolina where she was nurse manager for hematology and oncology services.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist - with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC's Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Cancer Support Group The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place on Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Wellness Community, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. Facilitators are trained mental health professionals with a master's degree or more. Call 645-9150 for information or to register. All support groups offered at the Wellness Community are free of charge. This program is made possible by the support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Bereavement luncheons Delaware Hospice's "New Beginnings" bereavement luncheons are an informal way to meet and talk with others, who have had similar loss experiences.

Lunch begins at noon and is followed by a brief program. The location rotates each week of the month according to the following schedule: 1st Thursday: Grottos Pizza, Rte. 26, Bethany Beach; 2nd Thursday: Georgia House, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel; 3rd Thursday: Millsboro Pizza Palace, Rt. 113-southbound lane, Millsboro; 4th Thursday: Blue Ocean Grill (formerly Milton House), 200 Broadkill Rd., Milton; 5th Thursday (when applicable): Texas Grill (formerly Ocean Point Grill), 26089 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro. "New Beginnings" luncheons are open to the public. Registration is not required. There is no fee except the cost of your lunch. For more information, call Carol Dobson or Paul Ganster at 856-7717.

Competition to improve school meals Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition will draw on the talents of chefs, students, food service professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. There will be a grand prize chosen by the judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting. The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed meals alongside White House chefs. The top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families. To learn more about the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, visit The deadline for recipe submissions is Dec. 30. For more information, visit

Get your flu shot Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) continues to urge all Delawareans 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu, a highly contagious virus. On Nov. 16, the DPH lab confirmed a case of H1N1 flu in a 50-year-old New Castle County man who is recovering at home. This serves as a reminder that people should get vaccinated as soon as possible. This year, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three likely flu strains, including the H1N1 virus, and is readily available through medical providers, pharmacies and DPH clinics. It is especially important that the following groups get their flu shots as soon as possible: Pregnant women and their household contacts; Caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months, since those children are too young to receive the vaccine; Seniors; Those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. DPH offers free flu shots at health clinics in all three counties. Visit for flu clinic schedules and other flu information.