WELLSVILLE — Each year, members of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nursing Society present the Nurse of Distinction award to an individual nurse who exemplifies excellence in oncology nursing.

Like everything else in 2020, things are being done differently this year. The GVONS Nurse of Distinction Award is going to all of the oncology nurses in our area.

“We can all agree that 2020 was a year like no other,” said Tammy Clarke, GVONS president. “Collaboration was paramount in health care in 2020 and oncology nurses in our region stayed strong as we guided our patients through cancer, during a pandemic, without missing a beat.”

A 2020 Nurse of Distinction plaque will be presented to all Wilmot Cancer Institute and Lipson Cancer Center sites. Tammy Clarke, president, and GVONS board member Kathy Doerner, stopped by the UR Medicine|Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at Jones Memorial Hospital, and presented the plaque to Beth Cooke, RN, one of the infusion nurses at Jones.

“When it comes to cancer, it is imperative to keep patients on track with their treatment plans,” said Amanda Elliott, RN, OCN and director of Oncology & Infusion at Jones Memorial. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented some unique challenges to meeting this goal and continuing individual care plans on schedule, but we are very pleased that we have been able to continue to provide high quality cancer care to our oncology patients.”

Jones Memorial Hospital has a UR Medicine|Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at the hospital in Wellsville and on State Street in Olean. Find out more at jones.urmc.edu.

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