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Siteman Enters Three-Year Partnership With Wellness Community

Jason Merrill
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Linda Novak
The Wellness Community

Dec. 4, 2008 – To give cancer patients and their families easier access to programs offering support, education and hope, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine has joined The Wellness Community of Greater St. Louis in a three-year partnership from 2009 to 2011.

The partnership, made possible by a grant from the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, allows Siteman to enhance the support programs it currently offers to patients, such as disease-specific support groups and therapeutic classes such as “Arts as Healing.” New programs to be offered in collaboration with The Wellness Community include “Music for Recovery,” “Therapeutic Drumming,” “Ask an Attorney” and “Gentle Yoga.”

“The Wellness Community does an outstanding job of helping those diagnosed with cancer work through difficult times,” says Teresa Deshields, PhD, manager of psycho-oncology services at Siteman. “With this partnership, Siteman can offer patients a truly comprehensive program that not only helps them better understand cancer but also makes fighting the disease an easier process.”

Support programs offered through the partnership will be held at Siteman’s main campus at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the Central West End and also at Siteman’s location on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur.

“The partnership allows us to grow the program in west county while complementing what we currently offer patients on our main campus,” says Tara Hendrix, operations specialist at Siteman.

“We are so pleased to be partnering with the Siteman Cancer Center, a wonderful nucleus for cancer treatment,” says Laura Rossmann, executive director of The Wellness Community. “By combining their medical expertise with our educational and therapeutic services, so many cancer patients will now have a chance improve their quality of life through uplifting programs of support, education and stress management while receiving some of the best medical care in the country.”

Wellness Community programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital will begin in January 2009. Programs at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital will debut in February.


The Wellness Community of Greater St. Louis is part of an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of their stage of disease. Most importantly, The Wellness Community provides a homelike setting for people fighting cancer to connect with and learn from each other. All programs are free of charge.