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SJCH Awarded Grant to Provide iPads to Patients and Families in New Cancer Center

Quality The Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) has been awarded a $40,000 grant to provide iPads for patients and families during cancer treatments. The iPads will be pre-loaded with news and research applications for users to stay updated on current medical information, as well as entertainment options including books, movies and music. In addition, Wi-Fi access throughout The Cancer Center will allow patients and families to access the internet via the iPad or any web-enabled device. 

“As we get closer to opening our new Cancer Center, the excitement just continues to build,” said Jarrod McNaughton, Vice President for Marketing and Development. “The full scope of how iPads and tablets will impact health care and cancer care hasn’t even been realized yet. We’re excited to be able to use this technology to provide our patients with both an experience that improves their care and creates a more home-like atmosphere.” 

The grant, distributed by the Innovations department of Adventist Health – the hospital’s parent organization, located in Roseville, Calif. – provides funds to hospitals introducing new processes, products, services or organizational structures that help advance the organization’s mission. Proposals that receive seed money are those that are viewed as having the capacity to differentiate and create value for both Adventist Health and the host facility. 

The iPads will be available when The Cancer Center opens at the beginning of 2013. In addition to treatment areas, iPads will also be available in the Wendy Wayne Resource Library, which will be located on the first floor of The Cancer Center.