Mount Zion Rededicates Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center

By Nancy Chan, UCSF Today | March 29, 2006

More than 60 faculty, staff, volunteers, donors, and former and current patients were on hand to celebrate as the Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center (CRC) at Mount Zion was rededicated in a simple ceremony in March.

Longtime CRC supporter and center namesake Joseph Friend attended with members of his family and close friends.

Over the past several months, the facility was transformed from a working space with cramped desks and cluttered informational racks to a comfortable, inviting place for patients to relax. In addition to a cancer library, the center houses the staff and volunteers who provide services and programs to cancer patients.

"It's not a coincidence that the Cancer Resource Center is in the center of the hospital because it is truly the heart of the whole operation," said Jeffrey Pearl, MD, associate dean and chief medical officer of UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, during the ceremony.

CRC staff worked with architect Mary Phillips and interior designer Nancy Eslick in communicating their needs and priorities when it came to design. In an effort to create a warm and hospitable environment for patients, the existing furniture was reupholstered, the drab and dark color scheme was brightened up, and a formal reception area and patient lounge were created. Framed artwork by local artists Sharron Bliss and Paul Fortis now adorns several walls in the center.

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