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CHAPEL HILL, NC – Four staff members were honored by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with the 2010 Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards and the Clinical Services Excellence Awards.

Ann Fletcher, Sam Sharf and Liz Sherwood each received a 2010 Oncology Nursing Excellence Award. Dan Roscicki was recognized with a Clinical Services Excellence Award.

Dr. Richard Goldberg, physician-in-chief of N.C. Cancer Hospital and associate director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, said, “These awards recognize just some of the many wonderful people who work so hard and dedicate themselves fully to patients and families. Each year, deciding whom to honor from among such exemplary nominees is always difficult. The 2010 winners typify the compassionate care and commitment to service offered at UNC Cancer Care.”

Fletcher, BSN, BS, is a clinical nurse who has worked in inpatient oncology for over 10 years. One colleague cited her as her “role model for leadership, teamwork and patient advocacy.” Another praised her “genuine empathy for both patients and staff.” And a third said, “She embodies the heart and skill of oncology nursing at UNC.”

Roscicki is an oncology administrative support supervisor for the N.C. Cancer Hospital. His responsibilities include purchasing medical equipment, maintaining supply levels, and account payments and documentation. He supervises the registration ground floor area as well as indirectly co-supervises oncology support staff throughout the hospital. A retired Marine, Roscicki has been at UNC for five years. Roscicki was described as the “behind the scenes lynchpin for the move from Gravely to the N.C. Cancer Hospital and once in the new hospital responded to a plethora of needs that arose in our new location.” In the new hospital, “he keeps a close watch on our outpatient lobby, ensuring that our patients and families are served in a friendly and efficient way during their time with us.

Sharf, RN, BSN, CHTC, is the bone marrow transplant coordinator/quality management coordinator for the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program. Sharf has worked with the program for eight years. Sharf oversees all facets of the program, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and critical components to safe and efficient/effective transplantation procedures. Additionally, Sharf recently directed and produced an educational program orientation DVD for patients and families outlining BMT and what to expect. One of her nominators said, “What sets Sam apart from being a good nurse to being a great nurse is the love for what she does and the effort and time she puts into any project she is part of.” Another described her as “a mentor and leader among the transplant coordinators and respected by her nursing peers and physician colleagues.”

Sherwood, RN, MS, ANP-C, is the coordinator for cancer survivorship programs at UNC Lineberger. Sherwood has been at UNC for over 10 years, and has served in multiple roles within the clinical cancer program. Her nominator said of her:” She is compassionate, bright, inquisitive, very hard working and deeply invested in her patients. She takes seriously her commitment to really be with, and stay with, her patients for the duration of their cancer journey.”

Winners of the Excellence Awards receive a $1,500 stipend for professional education activities. The Oncology Nursing Excellence Award is presented in memory of Charmayne S. Gray, an outstanding oncology nurse practitioner who died in an auto accident in 2002. The Clinical Services Excellence Awards have been awarded for the past six years.