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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Innovative Cancer-Treatment Technology Receives Award-Winning Name

Posted By: Advancing Care

Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has announced the winners of its “Name the Linear Accelerator Contest” from over 300 entries among high school students in Rockland County. Christina Tenore, of Suffern High School, and Gerrit Stech, of Clarkstown North High School, separately submitted the winning name “HERB,” an acronym for High Energy Radiation Beam. Anthony Besmer, of Nanuet High School, submitted the second-place winner, “Beam of Hope.”

A radical break from traditional cancer treatment, HERB’s TrueBeam Linear Accelerator system offers image-guided radiotherapy, an innovation that offers lower doses of radiation to patients with breast, prostate, head and neck, gastrointestinal, brain, lung and gynecological tumors. More than 300 cancer patients have been treated with the system since July 2017.


Pictured: (From left) Richard Evans, MD, Vice President of Surgical Services and Mary Leahy, MD, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System/Good Samaritan Hospital; Anthony Besmer; State Sen. David Carlucci; Christina Tenore; Gerrit Stech; and Rockland County Executive Ed Day.