The Columbus Chapter of ONS was honored in a Congressional Record statement by senator Sherrod Brown at their 25th spring conference. The following is the senator's statement.
“Mr. President, I wish to congratulate the Columbus Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, or CCONS, on a legacy of excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. CCONS’s 25th Annual Spring Conference, Kaleidoscope of Oncology Care, will be held on April 3, and in May, during Oncology Nursing Month, the Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
"I would like to take a moment to reflect on the work and achievements of this valued organization and to especially recognize CCONS’s president, Bertie Ford, for her leadership. Since 1984, CCONS has worked to lead the transformation of cancer care. Its members are leaders in their communities and represent the most effective cancer care advocates in their workplaces. These oncology nurses are vital supports of patient-centered interventions, leveraging clinical knowledge and technology every day to provide the highest quality cancer care to patients not only in Columbus, but across Ohio.
"We are making progress in the fight against cancer. The five-year survival rate for all cancers among adults is 68%—a marked improvement over the mid-1970s when it was 50%. But as cancer treatment becomes more complex, the healthcare system demands higher quality and more efficient care. As Congress works to increase patient access to quality health care, I praise the commitment of CCONS in fostering excellence in oncology nursing and in the care of cancer patients.
"My mother passed away in 2009 while in hospice care. I will never forget the nurses who took care of her in such a loving way when they didn’t know her personally until those last few weeks. It made all the difference in the world to her and our family. For that, I always thank nurses and others who care for those in need. Congratulations to CCONS on its 30th anniversary and for the important work its members do in Ohio’s communities every day.”