(PASADENA, Calif. –November 10, 2015) - On Sunday, Nov. 8, Huntington
Hospital hosted a lighting ceremony as part of a national campaign to
raise awareness for lung cancer. The ceremony was attended by over 100
lung cancer patients and family members, as well as hospital administration,
staff and physicians from Huntington Hospital's lung cancer program.
The program was opened by Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for the thoracic
oncology program, who introduced the other lung cancer program physicians
in attendance. This included Kenneth Lam, MD, Mark McNamara, MD, Jorge
Nieva, MD and Ashish Patel, MD. Cohen also recognized Michael Gurevitch,
MD, a pulmonary medicine specialist and member of Huntington Hospital's
thoracic oncology program, for his outstanding contributions to the thoracic
oncology program and the Huntington Hospital community.
"Few physicians embody the perfect combination of leadership, energy
and availability, medical knowledge, clinical judgment and compassion
that Mike Gurevitch has displayed over the years,” said Dr. Cohen.
“I am honored to recognize him and his team for making such a great
impact on the lives of our patients.”
The program continued with remarks from Christine Conti, RN, nurse navigator
for the Huntington Hospitallung cancer program, followed by an inspiring
account from Huntington Hospital patient Jeffrey Poehlmann. Conti then
led the group in lighting candles to honor lung cancer patients and their families.
The lung cancer program at Huntington Hospital is recognized as one of
the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the Los Angeles
area. It is designated as a lung cancer screening center by the American
College of Radiology.
The ceremony was just one of nearly 200 “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer”
events taking place in cities across the country in November. The program
is presented in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance, the only national
nonprofit organization dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy
for people living with or at risk for lung cancer. Combined these events
mark the largest lung cancer event in the world.