New unit graced with care and compassion

Alison Clegg, Elizabeth Berry and Jillian Calvert, with Kylie Pickering, Tabitha Clynk and Maxine Wood.
Alison Clegg, Elizabeth Berry and Jillian Calvert, with Kylie Pickering, Tabitha Clynk and Maxine Wood.

THE chemotherapy suite at Joondalup’s Shenton House was officially named to reflect the philosophy and values held when caring for patients, says clinical nurse specialist Alison Clegg.

Mrs Clegg said Genesis CancerCare’s newly named Grace Unit mirrored the meaning behind the name, “to bestow mercy, to give favour or grant kindness, and to promote healing”.

“I personally feel that the word also reflects a sense of calm and quality, which is what we also strongly focus on when caring for each and every cancer patient,” she said.

The Genesis Care team at Shenton House, including CancerCare, HeartCare and SleepCare, were invited to take part in the naming, putting forward a choice and reason behind it.

“There were several names received, but one in particular stood out,” Mrs Clegg said.

“The joint winning entries, provided by members of our clerical staff, also pointed out that the land our building stands on also belongs to the Grace Church, and that the church was supportive of the construction of a multi-purpose building that could bring advanced medical treatment options to the community.”

She said staff and visitors felt proud to see their unit’s new name on the wall.

“This site is particularly special; it is the first Genesis CancerCare site in WA to offer both radiation oncology and medical oncology (chemotherapy) under the one roof,” Mrs Clegg said.

“All of our chemotherapy nurses have been at Shenton House since the medical oncology unit opened in 2013, so to be able to watch it grow and develop ‘with grace’ is something we are proud of.”

Staff and their families were invited to attend an on-site barbecue for the unveiling of the name earlier this year.