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Inspiration Boutique Celebrates One Year Anniversary at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center


Generous grant provides specialty center for patients undergoing treatment for cancer

For over a year, patients with cancer have been benefiting from the comfort and care they receive at the Inspiration Boutique, a specialty center for cancer patients, located within the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center.

The boutique which recently marked its one year anniversary was made possible by generous funding from the American Cancer Society through a grant from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. Since it first opened in October 2014, 368 patients have visited the boutique and taken advantage of the spa-like environment, holistic therapies and extra special pampering it offers.

As patients undergoing treatments for cancer often experience hair loss, the Inspiration Boutique provides cancer patients with access to a large variety of wig styles and colors, along with accessories, free of charge.

“We believe in helping patients during their treatment process includes caring for the mind, body and spirit,” says Jeremy Grunin, Executive Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. “The Inspiration Boutique accomplishes that by providing a beautiful soothing environment for patients to access support services and holistic therapies.”

The Inspiration Boutique also offers an array of holistic therapies to promote healing, including Reiki for stress reduction and relaxation and support groups. In addition, the American Cancer Society offers Look Good, Feel Better workshops numerous times throughout the year which offer helpful suggestions on skin care, make up tips and much more to help patients feel better about themselves during treatment. Breast cancer patients also have access to mastectomy products and fitting services, post reconstruction support and lymphedema garments.

“We hope the spa-like feel and services at the Inspiration Boutique will help make patients feel a little more at ease and help lessen the stress on patients and families,” says Michael Mimoso, MHSA, FACHE, interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center. “While the majority of our patients have received care at Community Medical Center, the boutique is open to all patients undergoing cancer treatment,” he added.

Through the grant, the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center also offers an American Cancer Society patient navigator who assists patients during and following their treatment process by removing obstacles and helping them access social services, such as transportation and coping with their disease. In addition to the patient navigator funded through the grant, the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center also has three clinical oncology nurse navigators - breast cancer, lung cancer and survivorship nurse navigators - to assist patients manage the medical aspects of their care.

For information about the Inspiration Boutique, contact Melissa White at 732.557.2317.

The Inspiration Boutique, located in the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center, is a spa-like environment, offering free wigs and accessories, holistic therapies and extra special pampering for patients with cancer.

Categories: Cancer