When Eastern Shore native Lenny Satchell passed away in 2006, her husband, Lou, established the Lenny Satchell Fund for Shore Regional Cancer Center through the Memorial Hospital Foundation. The fund was used to build the new chemotherapy suite which opened at the Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton in April.
Welcoming the guests to the dedication ceremony, Joseph P. Ross, president and CEO for Shore Health System, said. “I’m often asked what it means to be a community health system. This is the answer – a roomful of people who are here to dedicate the Lenny Satchel Chemotherapy Suite and to recognize the work many of you did to make this new facility a reality.”
Ross continued, “Thirty years ago, when I was a new hospital administrator, we had four or five agents to fight cancer. Today we have over 100 medications and palliative drugs to help people get through the cancer treatment process and to help them sustain their quality of life.”
Ross acknowledged the philanthropy of the Satchell family and of the community members who made donations to the Lenny Satchell Fund. “Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to do good work here on the Mid-Shore, caring for area residents so that they don’t have to travel long distances to get world class care.”
Brian Leutner, director of oncology services for Shore Health System, told guests at the dedication, “The cancer center staff members build relationships with patients and their families through all stages of cancer care, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship support.”
Leutner added. “The ‘living room’ design of this chemotherapy suite allows for social interaction among patients and staff while also giving families privacy when that’s what they need.”
In her comments to the guests, medical oncologist Mary DeShields, MD, said, “When I think of Lenny, three things come to mind – laughter, determination and strength. She was truly a shining star. Regardless of what Lenny endured, she kept an upbeat attitude and helped others do the same.”
Dr. DeShields is medical director of the Shore Health System medical oncology program. She also is senior investigator and director of the Shore Health System cancer clinical trials program.
Lenny Satchell’s son, Steve Satchell, spoke on behalf of his father, Lou, and his sister, Kim Satchell Wilson. He said that they chose the Memorial Hospital Foundation as the beneficiary of memorial donations after his mother’s death because they wanted to do something to support Dr. DeShields who “was so wonderful.”
Steve said, “We didn’t do anything other than set up the fund.” Referring to the donors and supporters present at the event, he added, “We sent out a communication and you all made this happen. This is exactly what we wanted.”
The dedication program included presentation of citations to Shore Health System and to the Satchell family from the Maryland House of Delegates by Delegates Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Addie Eckardt. Senator Richard Colburn presented a resolution from the Maryland Senate and Mike Thomas represented Congressman Frank Kratovil who sent congratulations on behalf of the United States Congress.
The dedication concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony. As guests toured the Lenny Satchell Chemotherapy Suite, the center’s certified oncology nurses pointed out many of the comfort features of the facility including blanket warmers and a self-serve refreshment center; individual treatment areas outfitted with heated recliners or window-view beds and flat screen TVs; electronic medical record terminals; and an automated medication station.
The Lenny Satchell Chemotherapy Suite is located at Shore Regional Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue in Easton. For more information, call 410-820-6800.