Baptist MD Anderson celebrates first year

Baptist MD Anderson celebrates first year
Baptist Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & Community Advocacy Audrey Moran, Dr. Patricia Calhoun, Good Morning America Host Amy Robach with John Wilbanks, Executive Vice President and COO for Baptist Health.

Good Morning America Host and cancer survivor Amy Robach was the guest of honor when the folks at Baptist MD Anderson celebrated the cancer center’s first anniversary Sept. 16 on the fourth floor of the Hill Breast Center in San Marco.

Part of a family with no history of cancer, Robach, had been shocked to discover she had a malignant tumor when she agreed to have her first mammogram on national television in October 2013. After enduring surgery and chemotherapy treatments, she chronicled her 12-month journey to survivor status in her book, Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour.

During the party she was recognized as the first recipient of the cancer center’s “End Cancer Champion” award.

Speaking at the anniversary event were Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Wilbanks, Chaplain Courtney Hesser, Vice President Oncology Service Line Darin Roark, and Baptist Health and MD Anderson employees  Lee Ann Mengel, Dr. Trishna Patel, Dr. Pat Calhoun, and Dr. Cynthia Anderson.

A year ago, Baptist Health teamed up with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas with the mission to transform cancer care in the Southeastern United States by replicating MD Anderson’s model of care in north Florida. The center opened in October 2015 and recently broke ground on a nine-story addition, which is currently under construction across the street on San Marco Boulevard.

In addition to attending the anniversary party for Baptist MD Anderson, Robach served as a keynote speaker at Baptist Health’s Girls’ Day Out event Sept. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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