Moffitt announces nurse and technician of the year; Moffitt faculty published in Head and Neck Journal

May 18, 2006

Tampa, FL (May 18, 2006) -- H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute celebrated National Nurses’ Week by honoring nurses and technicians for their accomplishments throughout the year. Denise Cosgrove, R.N., Hematology Clinic, is the 2006 Nurse of the Year and Cindy Chapman, Perioperative Services, is the 2006 Technician of the Year. Both were selected for their excellence in patient care and teamwork in their respective areas.

An upcoming issue of the journal Head and Neck features a study by Linda Stachowiak, M.S., Moffitt’s speech pathologist, and Joy Gaziano, M.A., CCC-SLP, manager of Moffitt’s Speech Pathology department, in collaboration with a team from Northwestern University. The study discusses swallow motility disorders for head and neck cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

“We have been involved with the Northwestern consortium of speech pathologists for many years, and this study has provided information that can improve our clinical care of those with swallowing problems due to head and neck cancer and its treatments. Head and Neck is peer-reviewed journal, so we are quite pleased the study was accepted for publication,” says Gaziano.

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.