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A Letter of Appreciation from Norris Cotton Cancer Center Director, Dr. Mark Israel

July 22, 2007

An open letter of appreciation...

It has been a banner week for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

This past Saturday, more than 4,000 people participated in the Prouty to raise $1.6 million for cancer research and patient services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. We are truly inspired by this wonderful demonstration of support from our communities.

But that's not all. Last Friday, U.S.News & World Report ranked Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for cancer care for the sixth year in a row. Of the 5,462 hospitals in the nation that were evaluated, we ranked among the very best in the nation for cancer care.

As Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, I feel privileged to represent an institution that so consistently achieves such exceptional support and recognition. I offer my deepest appreciation to the people who are responsible for our achievements-the staff, clinicians, and scientists at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Close to 1,000 people employed at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center touch the lives of cancer patients and their families in the work that they do every day. Nurses, doctors, scientists, post-docs, administrators, clerks, housekeepers, support staff, technicians, care coordinators, dietitians, physical therapists-the list goes on and on. There cannot be a more dedicated, competent, and compassionate group of people anywhere. Our patients and families tell us so. Our research contributions and national prominence reflect that excellence. The commitment of each person who works at Norris Cotton Cancer Center is demonstrated by the personalized care provided each patient, the pride shared in our mission and our facilities, and the intensive efforts underway to find new approaches in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

So today, at the end of this exceptional week, I applaud each and every one of the staff at Norris Cotton Cancer Center for outstanding contributions to our success. I thank each of you, individually and publicly, for all you do to make Norris Cotton Cancer Center a place of excellence and service, a place that makes a crucial difference in the lives of so many.

With heartfelt congratulations,


Mark A. Israel, MD
Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth Medical School


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