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5/12/09: Emerson physician honored at spring benefit

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden recently honored two local cancer care physicians at its spring benefit auction. Needham resident Dr. Jon DuBois, hematologist-oncologist and chair of the cancer committee at Emerson’s Bethke Cancer Center, was recognized at the event, along with Dr. Margaret Duggan of the Faulkner Hospital Breast Centre.

Both honorees are recognized leaders in the field of breast cancer. The evening celebrated their work in advancing the role of integrative therapies and in compassionately caring for breast cancer patients.

Dr. DuBois earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed both his residency and his fellowship at New England Medical Center. Board-certified in hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine, Dr. DuBois chairs Emerson’s Schwartz Center Rounds Committee, which is dedicated to providing a forum for the hospital’s clinical team to explore the ethics of caregiving.

The auction raised funds to expand the programs and services offered to women with breast cancer at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. The Healing Garden offers a wide variety of programs for women who are experiencing breast cancer, regardless of their financial situation. The team of licensed therapists, counselors, and instructors offer individual counseling, support groups, educational workshops, exercise, and expressive therapies centered on supporting women as they heal and recover from breast cancer.

The Healing Garden opened its new facility in October of 2008 and is surrounded by eight acres of beautiful gardens, rolling hills, tranquil woods, and a Koi pond. The Center serves as a resource for hospitals seeking to enhance their supportive services and is a continuing education site for health providers, such as nurses, physical therapists, and social workers.

At the heart of Emerson’s comprehensive cancer program is the Bethke Cancer Center, founded in 1997, which combines talented cancer specialists and state-of-the-art technology in a convenient, comfortable setting. It is committed to providing compassionate and supportive care for patients and their families. By partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital and collaborating with Commonwealth Hematology/Oncology, the Center provides high-quality treatment and technology. The Bethke Cancer Center offers outpatient services in hematology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.

The Healing Garden was founded by Elizabeth Tyson-Smith, executive director, and Bill Thurston, in honor of Thurston’s wife Ginny, who died from breast cancer in 1993. Ginny was an avid gardener whose acres of original gardens surround the Healing Garden facility today. The Healing Garden is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, Mass. To learn more, visit www.healinggarden.net.