Centra Cancer Care Services has earned a three-year full accreditation with commendation as a comprehensive community cancer program from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Centra Dedicates Cancer Recovery Bell
Patients Ring Special Bell After Completing Final Cancer Treatment At Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center For Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center patients, the end of strenuous treatments will soon come complete with a soundtrack - the simple ring of a brass bell. With the donation of a commemorative bell in memory by Sandra and Larry Brookshire to the center, those successfully completing treatment now have a way to celebrate the promise of recovery.
When bell chimes an echo through the center and city, patients and staff alike take a moment to offer their congratulations for someone who has reached a milestone. The bell, which resembles a tiny Liberty Bell without the crack, is used to celebrate each patient’s advancement beyond therapy during the overall treatment program to combat cancer. The bell was placed in the Healing Garden by Southern Landscape Group to highlight that important plateau in treatment therapy.
“It gives the patients something to look forward to,” said Anita Lowe, community liaison. “It gives them the chance to ring the bell loud and clear and say, ‘My treatment is over, and I want the world to know.’” The bell ringing, which reverberates with authority when used, does not mean a patient’s cancer treatment has ended, but symbolizes success with the radiation and chemotherapy phase as patients move on to the next step in their overall treatment plan. “It’s completely voluntary,” Lowe said of the practice. “Occasionally, someone chooses not to ring the bell, and that’s OK. We still celebrate their accomplishments.”
The bell was blessed on December 31, in the Healing Garden at the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center. It was given in memory of their daughter by Sandra and Larry Brookshire.
Centra's comprehensive breast cancer program has earned a top national accreditation from The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and it is the first cancer service in central, southside and western Virginia to earn this honor.