Marlborough – This fall, patients receiving treatment at the new Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital will have the added comfort of handmade blankets, courtesy of the Courtyard by Marriott of Marlborough. As part of its recent lobby renovation celebration, Marriott spearheaded a special build-a-blanket project.
“We invited the community “to help us tie up a few loose ends” and celebrate the completion of our $2.2 million renovation,” explained Mary Simone, Marriott general manager. “Each guest was asked to tie two knots on a blanket's fringe: one for love and one for hope. With the cancer pavilion at Marlborough Hospital nearing completion, we wanted to make sure that our neighbors had a gift from the community and the Courtyard.”
The blankets were recently donated to the hospital at an informal get-together in the hospital's new Cancer Center.
Cancer patient Jean Francolini was on hand for the presentation. “To know about cancer and to understand the needs of cancer patients is so very important,” she noted. “A lot of patients need that extra bit of comfort during treatment and these blankets are truly the perfect gesture.”
“A donation such as this is a very special one,” added Ellen Carlucci, Marlborough Hospital's vice president of development, marketing and communications. “The Courtyard by Marriott has been a very good neighbor and a supportive community partner to the hospital over the years, and this is just another example of their generosity. We are thrilled to accept these blankets on behalf of our cancer patients. Keeping our patients comfortable during their treatment is a key part of the patient-centered care experience.”
The Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital, in partnership with the Cancer Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Medical Center and the UMass Medical School, will house medical oncology and radiation oncology services; highly trained, skilled cancer specialists; and will include a special space for a meditative Healing Garden. The center is expected to open in the fall of 2013.