More than 240 cancer survivors and their families attended Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, September 29 at Roseland Park in Woodstock.
The celebration featured a “Healing Vibrations” theme with music by the Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence, Rhode Island which provided an upbeat atmosphere where those who are currently fighting cancer and those who are survivors, along with their families, celebrated the power of music and support in healing.
Guests enjoyed the ambiance of Roseland Lake, ice cream provided by the Deary Brothers, beer & wine by Pomfret Spirits, a barbecue lunch by the Putnam Lions Club, games provided by Foxwoods Resort Casino, and a blessing by Day Kimball Healthcare’s Reverend Jonathan Scott.
Several guest speakers who have received treatment at DKH’s Rose Bove LaRose Cancer Center addressed the crowd and shared their stories of hope and survival.
The event was made possible through the hard work of DKH’s Oncology/Hematology staff and the generous support of the community.
At the event, Dr. Michael Baum, general surgeon at Day Kimball Medical Group, and president of the DKH medical staff, was presented with the Unsung Hero Award by Joseph Adiletta, Interim President for Day Kimball Healthcare, in grateful recognition of his outstanding dedication, service, and leadership to DKH’s Oncology program.
Dr. Baum has demonstrated his dedication to the Northeast Connecticut community throughout his career. “From the time the Day Kimball Oncology program began, it was clear that quality cancer care was a significant need for this community,” said Adiletta. “So it should come as no surprise to hear that for many years now, Dr. Baum has been a staunch advocate and steadfast supporter of the oncology program.”
In his role as general surgeon with Day Kimball Medical Group, Dr. Baum is part of a multi-disciplinary team for many patients receiving cancer treatment performing biopsies, excisions, and port placements. He works closely with pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists in order to ensure he begins every patient on the best treatment path possible right from the beginning.
“Dr. Baum works shoulder to shoulder with our oncologists, staff and administration to ensure the continued success of cancer care here at Day Kimball,” said Adiletta.
Over the past year, Dr. Baum has gone above and beyond the duties of his position, overseeing quality improvements, establishing and facilitating efforts to work towards clinical and programmatic goals for the oncology program, and analyzing data to identify the community’s greatest oncologic related needs and working with the DKH cancer committee to meet those needs.
Top (l to r): Joseph Adiletta, Interim President, Day Kimball Healthcare; Dr. Michael Baum, general surgeon and president of the DKH medical staff; Michelle Donahue, RN, Hematology/Oncology Manager, Day Kimball Healthcare; Barbara Chubbuck, Critical Care, Hematology, Oncology Coordinator, Day Kimball Healthcare at Day Kimball Healthcare’s Cancer Survivors Day held on Sunday, September 29 at Roseland Park in Woodstock. At the event, Dr. Baum was honored with the Unsung Hero Award in grateful recognition of his outstanding dedication, service, and leadership to DKH’s Oncology program.
Center: The Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence, Rhode Island provided an upbeat atmosphere for the more than 240 cancer survivors and their families who attended DKH's Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, September 29 at Roseland Park in Woodstock.