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Published on February 13, 2013

Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care Director Awarded a Distinguished Service Award by American Cancer Society

Nancy Kane, program director of Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care recently was awarded the American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award. The award is given to volunteers for distinguished service to their community in support of American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer. These inspirational individuals received these awards on the basis of long years of service, and their dedicated work in areas such as fundraising, mission delivery, patient support and advocacy. Since the award was conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George National Award has been awarded annually to Society volunteers nationwide who work to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

As an oncology nurse, Nancy began her volunteer efforts with the American Cancer Society while she was in nursing school at Simmons College in Boston, helping with clerical tasks at the Society’s Boston office in the 1970s. She says she never forgot the lessons she learned as a young volunteer observing how the Society interacted with the patients they served, and she vowed to remain involved with once she received her nursing degree.

She had that opportunity in 1990, when she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough North Unit of the former New Hampshire Division. The following year she became Unit president, the same year she was also appointed to the New Hampshire Division Board, which she would eventually lead as president. Nancy was one of the founding Board members of the New England Division and worked tirelessly to help facilitate the merger of the six New England states in 1997. She served as chief medical officer of the New England Division for two years, then as chair of the Board until her retirement from the Board in June of this year. She has also been a delegate to the Society’s National Assembly from 2002 - 2011.

Nancy joined Concord Hospital in 2003 as the program director of the Payson Center for Cancer Care, which was on the verge of opening. Nancy was drawn to Concord Hospital due in part to their outstanding reputation as well as the exciting opportunity to be part of building a comprehensive, outpatient cancer center from the beginning.

Nancy shared, “After nearly 10 years, I cannot imagine ever working anywhere else. The quality of the staff at the Payson Center, the commitment and skill of the physicians and the ability to make a real difference in the lives of the people who walk through our doors makes this a deeply satisfying place to work.”
A passionate advocate for cancer patients and their families, Nancy has served as an ACS CAN Ambassador, and makes frequent stops at the New Hampshire State House to advocate for issues such as higher tobacco taxes and mandates for insurance coverage of cancer screenings. She advocated for AnnMarie Morse, whose daughter died of cancer while she was in college, unable to receive health insurance unless she remained a full-time student. New Hampshire, and then the nation, passed Michelle’s Law in recent years, to require insurance coverage for students, despite their ability to attend classes during treatment.

“Nancy has exhibited the same passion and commitment to patients at Concord Hospital as she has in her many years of volunteer service with the American Cancer Society,” said James Thorne, vice president of operations at Concord Hospital. “Our patients and their loved ones have benefitted greatly from the compassionate manner in which Nancy manages the Payson Center's supportive services. She is content with her role behind the scenes, coordinating efforts to bring needed services to cancer patients, some that are unique to the Payson Center for Cancer Care. I congratulate Nancy on receiving this well-deserved award and recognition.”

According to Peter T. Ames MPH, State vice president of health initiatives for NH, “It is an honor to work with Nancy. She is very deserving of this prestigious award.”

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